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But he -- check -- our top stories North Korea is ramping up the rhetoric leader Kim Jung on ordering his rockets to be put on standby to quote.
Settle accounts with the United States of America.
Christian white is a former State Department senior advisor principal would DC international advisories are good morning to you from.
Los Angeles what a touch on that first of all the US troop involvement.
In South Korea we have some 30000 troops there.
When stories like these happen what changes for -- -- what sort of posture would change for them.
When this happens.
We'll -- I haven't heard specifically that they've been put on alert or have an elevated status if you will when you have a crisis our forces -- -- troops move.
Liberties are canceled -- -- closer to their weapons aircraft are loaded and ready for flight.
Incidentally though this happens this recent -- awful with North Korea goes on had during the annual foal eagle exercise where the US.
In South Korean militaries have large joint exercises so our forces would already be in an elevated status.
As a result of that is certainly the recent -- two over flight pronouncements from North Korea counter announcements from.
Washington and US commanders would you know crank everything up a bit that you have a new leader in North Korea you've got a new leader in South Korea.
Acts like this.
You say there's a history because they get away with it.
There is you know just as recently -- when he ten North Korea sank a South Korean naval ship paid no consequence.
And also North Korea shelled a South Korean island in 2010 again no real retaliation at all from South Korea so.
You know you have just recently not only Andy North Korean leader but a new leader in South Korea woman named park the first woman president of South Korea.
And probably being tested to an extent.
Unfortunately because of those past instances where North Korea has really gotten away Scot free there's a big.
Chance not a big chance there's a reasonable chance that North Korea may be underestimating the resolve of South Korea and the United States that's an interesting point but you say the real threat here is not that.
North Korea would attack South Korea -- try and launch a missile toward Japan or -- -- there.
What is the real but.
I think the real threat posed by north -- if you look throughout its history its proliferated virtually every weapon system it's ever.
And now that it's basically has a nuclear weapons capability and has a budding ballistic missile capability.
You know you have that risk and look at what they've done in the past they helped Syria build a plutonium producing reactor.
That was a carbon copy of North Korea's young beyond reactor the Israelis thankfully blew that up and twentieth seven.
But there have been reports that north Koreans have been present data Ronnie and nuclear facilities in the run -- have been present at North Korea's nuclear test so there's a real threat.
From the North Korea will continue to do what it does best which is -- profit -- proliferating the world's most dangerous weapons to some of the world's most odious people and they make money off attitude on -- They do you North Korea has arrived in the past from financial.
Aid economic aid humanitarian aid from countries like the US South Korea.
Japan and that's why it wants to get us back to the negotiating table -- time and time again it is basically -- us for aid.
In return for promises to disarm that it never follows through on but.
Beyond that aggregate level of economic support.
It pursues a number of illicit activities trafficking in people illegal drugs counterfeit pharmaceuticals.
And weapons proliferation and that's how this regime really -- -- when you know I I think this needs repeating almost -- -- talk about the story of what the north Koreans want is that -- is that the table you know and states.
You know what a one on one you know announced not Chinese not Japanese not the South Koreans they wanna be seen on the level of America.
And that that has been behind a lot of other motivation going back years when the leader says he wants to quote settle accounts with the United States.
Are those hollow words or how do you interpret that.
Well you can't can't sort of presumed to be hollow because this is a country with a real military and a nuclear weapons capability in a recent history.
Of of attacking allies proliferating weapons.
They've -- -- so it does have to be taken seriously but we shouldn't give -- to their demands they crave legitimacy like most Communist regimes they know deep down they do not have any legitimacy or support from their people.
They love pageantry they love sitting down with the United States may have a great track record.
Of getting a lot of goodies from us through democratic and Republican.
Governments here you know I think the answer is as with Iran and North Korea we have to look at these as long term threats.
We have to look at peaceful ways to undermine these governments over the long term basically reprising some of the political warfare.
Techniques we use peacefully during the Cold War about forty minutes we're gonna talk about the US response and what should we do now.
Christian white terrific -- there thank you from Los Angeles.
Been -- headline every day this week.
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