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Good evening I'm -- there the US is responding to North Korean nuclear Saber rattling.
With some of its most powerful weapons American warplanes and at least one warship are moving into position.
Just in case things escalate from the talking stage.
North Korea has been known for bombastic rhetoric before.
But analysts say.
This is different.
So where is this head.
Chief Washington correspondent James Rosen has our top story.
In a visit to -- -- -- palace of the sun Communist Party hall and massive mausoleum that houses the remains of North Korea's founder Kim Il sung.
Current dictator Kim -- -- announced his country's top two priorities strengthening the -- backward economy smaller now than twenty years ago.
And the building of more nuclear bombs.
In Seoul South Korea's new president told military commanders to respond forcefully and immediately without waiting for permission.
If the north attacks on its formal declaration this past Saturday that the state of war.
I don't clean tones as commander in chief of the armed forces I will trust the military's judgment on abrupt and surprise provocations by North Korea as they are the ones who directly face off against the north.
Pentagon officials confirm that the US navy has deployed off the coast of the Korean Peninsula and aegis equipped destroyer warship which can shoot down missiles launched from the north.
That followed the weekends deployment of F 22 fighter jets to a base in South Korea and last Thursday's use of B two bombers which can unload nuclear weapons.
In joint exercises with the side.
-- the regime in Pyongyang appears to have taken no similar measures.
We haven't seen.
Back up the rhetoric in the sense that.
We haven't seen -- significant changes as I said in the north in terms of mobilization sort.
Repositioning of forces.
And that is important to -- and the State Department reaffirm that Kim's recent -- -- city far from lowering Washington into concessions.
Well actually lead to an even harsher sanctions regime on the hermit kingdom.
We're looking at trying to increase the pressure both in the way we implement the sanctions and live.
Our allies and partners for.
This morning the north announced that this man Pak pong -- the former prime minister purged in 2007.
Now has his old job back pack is seen by some as an aspiring reformer of the Stalinist style centrally planned economy in Pyongyang.
Which depends on China for 45% of its food and 80% of its consumer goods analyst said the move more likely reflects the growing strength internally of this man.
Jang song -- Kim -- -- uncle also back from exile and perhaps the north's most feared military officer.
I think this is a political play the North Korean regime is impervious to reform we've seen every reform initiative since the 1970s fail.
Also today Kim Jong-Il and denied what most analysts -- to be his primary motivation in all of this state run media quoted Kim as saying North Korea's nuclear weapons.
Are not goods for getting US dollars and will not be placed as he put it -- on the table of negotiations aimed at getting the north to disarm itself apparent James thank you.
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