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We'll -- Korea intensifying its threats again today warning that the Korean Peninsula is quote inching close to a thermonuclear war.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin is live at the Pentagon to Jennifer -- the Pentagon reacting to this rising belligerence from the North Korean leader.
Well mark -- the Pentagon is taking these threats very seriously.
Right now on Capitol Hill.
A hearing has just begun before the Senate Armed Services Committee general Maxwell Thurman who is the head of US forces Korea was supposed to be testifying before.
That committee hearing headed by senator Carl Levin but.
He canceled his trip that at the last moment because of the extreme tension on the Korean Peninsula right now that is a very unusual move.
For the US general.
We are hearing now from -- become commander Pacific commander.
Admiral Locklear he's being questioned by the armed services committee huge you know eleven just moments ago.
-- these same destructive policies that is as its predecessors.
Stubbornly pursuing its nuclear weapons in its ballistic missile programs.
Disregard for the well being of its own people.
And the region.
As North Korea made the announcement this morning threatening.
-- nuclear war on the peninsula and asking for foreigners to leave the peninsula.
We heard Carl Levin asked admiral -- why it was that the Pentagon decided to call off that minute man ICBM.
Intercontinental ballistic missile test as long scheduled test that was supposed to take place out of Vandenberg Air Force Base that would have been.
It tests that -- sent a missile from.
Vandenberg 4300 miles away.
Admiral Locklear said he agreed with that decision by the Pentagon to -- postpone that test because of the rising tensions and the potential for our misunderstanding on the Korean Peninsula -- have -- something Jennifer.
Explain a little bit about last week the word was that there wasn't a lot of movement on the ground in North Korea militarily.
That most of this had been rhetoric has that changed.
It has not changed this is still viewed as rhetoric but they are taking it seriously because of the young nature.
Of this untested leader.
In North Korea some that I've talked to have called this the debutantes ball this is his coming out is and how is he going to.
-- is he is he in a corner now and is he going to have to act in the wake up all of this belligerents.
As much fun as a coming out party and -- imagine but I get Jennifer thank you very much we'll see you later.
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