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Live hello everybody I'm Jonathan Hunt if you believe a lot of the rhetoric coming from the Korean Peninsula.
We may well be approaching a high noon that.
The north Koreans stepping up their war of -- with the -- with the South Koreans.
And by extension the war of woods -- the United States today aid the US sent to beat -- spirit bombers.
On a long range from training mission flying from that base Whitman air force base.
In Missouri across the south Korean Peninsula that.
That is as you can see an extraordinarily.
Long trip but it sent a very clear sign as you well know B two bombers.
Can be equipped with the -- -- weapons so the rhetoric.
Not the actions on both sides.
-- coming -- more and more strident what does it all mean.
A man who knows more than most -- backed the farm policy decisions we take the decisions the north Koreans and the South Koreans take.
Is Michael O'Hanlon who is director of research and the -- -- fellow.
-- farm policy at the Brookings Institution joining us now from DC I'm Michael wonderful to see you thanks for being here.
My pleasure Jonathan nice to be with you Bob first of all this we we've heard the rhetoric from the north Koreans.
And now we make a very clear statement one would think by sending these B two -- on this training mission.
You're right although you know you have to be a little bit concerned in this situation I don't have any major objection to what the United States -- I have I do -- a major objection to what the north Koreans have been doing.
But you still have to calibrate.
Your response and you know the north Koreans are capable.
Doing some very risky things the most notable recent example beyond their nuclear shenanigans.
Is sinking the South Korean navy ship that shown on in 2010 where they killed 46.
South Korean sailors in cold blood if that would happen again or something like -- I believe it could lead to war.
Because I don't think the South Koreans would simply protest.
And apply some economic punishment the way they did last time I think they would actually retaliate.
And so that's what you have to worry about in this situation no one's going to be crazy enough to begin an all out war war out of the blue.
-- you do have to worry about the potential for that sort of -- 2010 scenario and that has me somewhat concerned.
Yeah an -- I wonder if where.
If all sides there are ahead Cheryl little bit of responsibility.
Here in ratcheting this up -- you seem to pin down Michael and I mean if we look at what the north Koreans said yesterday in that.
And -- military statement prince is part of it Syron said and I'm gonna quote yeah.
Not words but arms will look on the US in the South Korean puppet forces I believe we can put this up on screen.
About the will of the army and people all of the DP IK the democratic.
-- -- people's Republic of Korea North Korea to you -- me to safeguard the sovereignty in the supreme dignity of the country will be displayed through practical physical can direction.
Then we look at this statement from US forces Korea today I'll quote again.
This mission by two B two spirit -- this assigned to 500 ninth bomb -- Demonstrates the United States' ability to conduct a long range precision strikes quickly.
And -- will.
I -- -- -- from the command of the English language are those two statements really that much different Michael.
Well it's a great question you know in the north Koreans are experts at bluster.
But they usually are doing it to achieve a specific.
And somewhat semi rational fact -- -- it's only rational sort of within their own calculus but.
I do think to your point that they're not simply you know.
Unintentionally today even when they use very strong language they're trying to achieve a certain fact and they usually capable of not prolonging it any more than they think they need to but I'm worried because in this case we've seen a pattern of several weeks in a row now.
But this kind of thing and as I say 2010 was particularly worrisome because -- that year but that was before the current North Korean leader was in power of course when his father was still a lot.
But -- night here that not only to the north Koreans think the navy ship they also -- an offshore.
Island on by South Korea and they killed a total of four more people in the latter incident and so you have to worry about a regime that has this kind of attitude.
That the actual use of lethal military force in their mind can sometimes be a useful instrument of state policy if they do that again and again.
All bets are off in my mind as to where it -- it.
If I'm Michael you made the point did not nobody thinks that the North Korea is -- -- Going to stop deliberately start a war against the United States were not thinking that there are back to -- A long range missile in -- direction but I guess when you have about unproven that lead up.
Trying to prove himself like Kim Jung -- -- the younger you have a new president in South Korea.
That the theories here that and -- sort of inadvertent almost pulling of the -- -- could spot.
-- -- -- Yeah well here's an example of how I think a scenario could occur -- another North Korean action let's say to -- one ship or to shell one island.
In order to get international attention maybe the north Koreans feel it's the only way they'll get people to the negotiating table.
If they do that and they feel like they got away with -- three years ago.
This time the new South Korean president might say you know what my predecessor tried restraint that obviously did not work.
I am going to sink the North Korean ships they carried out the attack.
And so she authorizes.
Her air force to attack two or three of the smaller navy vessels the north Koreans might have used in their subsequent attack on hypothesize in here of course.
And then what of the north Koreans do today just take it.
And recognize that they sort of deserved it because they started it or -- in -- attitude and their sensibilities today escalate again.
And once they start doing anything that looks like loading nuclear weapons on the missiles at what point do we use those B two bombers to actually take out the missiles before they can be launched.
So that's where you can get a danger of escalation even though nobody intends a big war on the outset.
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