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Right now back to the growing tension on the Korean Peninsula the nuclear armed north telling foreigners to leave South Korea get out.
And releasing -- -- rather ominous statement warning of impending nuclear war Japan now ringing Tokyo with patriot interceptor missiles.
In anticipation of a possible North Korean missile launch.
Ambassador John Bolton joins us now live foreign vasser United Nations of Fox News contributor and -- good to see you.
Well it's you know another day another threat or warning from North Korea but in reality.
Is it unlikely that the north would launch a direct attack on Seoul South Korea and if not where.
Well I think it's very unlikely that they'll launch a direct attack against anybody I don't think that's what they're trying to do I think there campaign here is designed to.
Get the rest of the world particularly the United States to accept that they are irrevocably and nuclear weapons state I think it would be a mistake for us to do that.
But that that's what they're trying to do this threat though to South Korea I think.
Could could well represent a substantial increase.
In the pressure they're trying to apply and I think it will backfire because.
By telling foreigners in South Korea you are potentially not safe.
That they're trying to discourage trade and investment business tourism.
Really South Korea's -- lifeline to the outside world.
And that -- it irritates South Koreans plan.
Because it's a direct interference in in their well being irritate the population and irritate the government and what that does I think.
Is ratchet up tensions between the north and the south said that if the north.
A provocation with South Korea I think this time there'll be retaliation in the event of -- no overt act by Pyongyang as we understand the Obama administration reportedly is planning -- a limited.
Proportional to the provocation does that.
Project weakness or reflect some wisdom.
Well I think -- projects weakness I think that point to North Korea is you're not going to endanger any of your neighbors.
And we're simply not going to tolerate this kind of behavior civilized countries don't threaten their neighbors with nuclear war.
They don't act that provocatively this way and it intimating that.
These -- done missiles that they've deployed on mobile launch platforms.
-- may reach targets in South Korea and Japan Guam or elsewhere.
That this entire course of conduct by North Korea's unacceptable and I I don't think we ought to take any chances with -- -- I'm sure that's the direction that Japan.
Is moving and that's why they've deployed those patriot batteries.
And I think most important this ought to be a signal to China that the North Korean government is just out of control.
And that the long range solution here which would be beneficial to China as well as everybody else.
Is find a way to eliminate this regime and peacefully reunify the two Koreas yet while China's president -- issue -- rather vague and ambiguous warning that no country in the region.
Should throw the area into chaos but -- that's.
That's how much of a statement and so far no action by China which I mean that's pretty typical that's been about three decades of no response by China no pressure by China on its clients' day.
Right exactly that the Chinese leadership is divided over how to handle.
North Korea the traditional.
View has been there and ally we want -- buffer state between them in the United States.
But among younger Chinese leaders you're now saying op -- being published then and that discussion.
In the media about what an ugly piece of baggage this regime in Pyongyang is so.
I think we should started this conversation with China years ago but better late than never we have to think about the big strategic picture.
And and use this crisis to convince the Chinese they don't want to live with -- -- What do you -- of Kim -- on the young leader and -- -- young he's only thirty years old so clearly.
Ambassador he is a novice but is he.
Irrational is he delusional -- a little bit crazy here just kind of a guy.
Trying to prove his manhood to the North Korean generals who were more than twice his age.
Well I don't think we know enough about -- to make a judgment and honestly I don't think we know enough about the power relationships inside North Korea.
To know whether he's giving orders to the generals -- the generals are giving orders to him -- -- some complex next.
The two that's one of the difficulties I think we have been trying to discern what exactly the North Korean regime is trying to do and it's one of the reasons why the risk of miscalculation.
Both by North Korea war by South Korea and its allies is so high.
Ambassador John Bolton thank you so much meaningless.
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