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In the year and a half since Kim -- -- was declared supreme leader of North Korea he has not waste any time making a name for himself.
On December 11 2012 -- caught the US off guard by successfully firing a long range rocket.
The regime claimed it put -- weather satellite into orbit but the US believes it was a cover for testing ballistic missile technology.
And February 12 of this year North Korea conducted its third and most powerful nuclear test.
And as Wendell Wendell just mentioned a month later North Korea canceled the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.
Weeks later Pyongyang declared a state of war.
With South Korea.
And now we have these two medium range missiles sitting off of North Korea's East Coast capable of reaching US troops.
Stationed in Guam and the question of where exactly they are at this moment.
So what makes this crisis so different from years past when North Korea would repeatedly.
Threaten other types of attacks should we be taking this more seriously as Washington appears to be doing.
I -- now KT McFarland your -- national security analyst and you know this started of with here they go again we averaged for as a North Korea but it seems to be spinning it as something more serious than that -- Yeah I -- right to say they do this every spring may do it because they're running out of food they run out of the -- sack of -- -- -- manufacture crisis the world comes running.
They go to the negotiating table they -- whatever was -- one of the aid the fuel oil for food crisis -- -- for another year this year it's different why first of all.
This that this young man thirty year old leader has nuclear weapons heated up a couple of years ago he knows he's got nuclear weapons and it's emboldened him.
The next thing is that everybody on the game here is really an experienced you have.
That's -- nine year old thirty year old leader has major crisis management technique.
He learning video games this I should email -- -- play with matches spots last.
Had his hands on nuclear weapon at the South Korean leader the Japanese later the Chinese leaders they are all new there nudist -- -- a slight.
On anybody's part need to be in a shooting war that's what's different what.
Does it mean that he's declared war on South Korea that he shooting up American.
Soldiers -- target practice that he says he's gonna hit American interests what.
They we are still and a state of war there's an armistice agreement to bestow peace agreement between the United States North Korea South Korea.
That's not a big deal and they threatened in the past to say well we're still at war.
The question now becomes is what is he gonna do next I think it is very likely he's within the next week hellfire missile he'll -- a test missile.
A medium range missile.
What their response then do we have to that we've got we put destroyers in the region that are -- of shooting down that missile.
If the missile is going out to the deep blue -- that's what has happened in the past always in the past but what happens if it makes a mistake what happens if it breaks up.
What happens -- it's -- back to get.
Swamp Japan South Korea do we shoot it down.
And if we do shoot it down more than we're rolling out more about what would -- what interest would he had actually starting a war I get threats because we always run -- and we give money watts yeah absolutely what what interest as he had in actually starting a war.
Well it didn't have any effect this is a word nobody watched the Chinese and -- -- app brings American none nobody wants a war but you might stumble into one.
We look at this where you've got kids you know wanna kid gets himself into that position.
Where he can't really climb back from a -- that he's gotten himself on this is what you worry about with him.
What you think about what his domestic situation as he's got a bunch of 67 year old generals who were working with his father.
Maybe what he's trying to do is show them and justice -- dad I can look at America -- -- they're gonna blink first.
Maybe what he's trying to do is get his people to ignore the fact that they're starving and rally around the flag -- -- Even his generals have letting him into this position.
So that he'll fail and then they can get written the problem is we don't know when you know the one guy -- probably knows him the best Dennis Rodman.
All -- now yeah loves -- he swears that you have to.
But here's the question the people talk here in America what what should we be doing and we we sent already a couple of F twenty twos in and -- B twos and sort of a little shell foresight -- forget who you're due out -- But it's really the Chinese who have the power over the north Koreans and what.
I mean should we be leaning on that -- we lean on the Chinese given our economic situation with them how does this get to a point where it's resolved.
And it doesn't cost us anything it's really doesn't cost us American blood and treasure.
Well you're you're asking the right question who's got leverage here.
And we've looked to them to the Chinese to say look they're your problem I mean.
You know they're gonna -- on our -- we're gonna take you know you've given seven Friday 5% -- food and fuel -- -- You can turn that off anytime you want you need to deal with this that's -- have been the last every -- really happy.
To let this go -- -- boil because it keeps us off balance the Japanese and South Koreans penal Mao once famously said to mile -- Henry Kissinger.
Without the lips the teeth grow called.
So the Chinese have always liked the fact that the country is on their periphery are weak and they keep everybody base of the Chinese don't have to do with it.
Now the problem -- -- to borrow over because what happens after Japan or South Korea you're looking at North Korea that this -- nuclear weapons they're thinking maybe we should get nuclear weapons of our own.
You're also if -- -- your word what -- -- regime collapses here at ten isn't millions of north Koreans streaming Indochina looking for food and jobs -- So you know they should be the ones -- -- making but they're not getting the job done I think that's why you're seeing the Russians and even the Indians have sent a special envoy.
Privately secretly to North Korea I think they're looking to see if they can make a difference here take a closer look KT McFarland thank you so much appreciate your insights.
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