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North Korea says it is considering a preemptive attack on the United States.
A country has been escalating its rhetoric threatening to strike our nation with nuclear weapons for some time but now it is red hot.
Those words so how worried should all Americans be by all this talk Philippine -- is a former advisor on North Korea under the Clinton administration.
He's currently executive director of the plow shares fund Philipp thanks for joining us.
Good morning you were doing well but what about that question how worried should Americans be about what the north is saying and -- -- Well we should be worried we should be but it's not about a preemptive nuclear attack we have to realize let's -- -- -- North Korea does not have the capability.
To do a preemptive nuclear attack particularly by a long range missile that's not going to happen.
The real problem right now is against this backdrop of heightened rhetoric -- missile test in December a nuclear test in February and armistice all these all these latest escalation that a miscalculation can happen.
We have a history of sort of fire fights breaking out in the east and the west -- around the peninsula.
Incidents along the DMZ and we can see -- -- -- calculation here could easily spin out of control.
Now we are concerned I think officially that South Korea might try to develop -- nuclear weapon in response of this do you think that's likely and how can we help prevent them.
-- I ice I certainly think there -- there people in South Korea who feel like that that is something they absolutely need to have I think part of what is going on here to some degree.
In terms of the United States taking the steps -- The heightened.
A war games that are going on the past the dispatch of -- B 52 the F 22 the fat.
The stealth bomber is really way to reassure.
The South Koreans that the whole idea of extended deterrence that we are there to protect them to stand with them.
Is a signal for them to to really sort of allay those concerns.
So you -- your biggest concern is in this calculation by the US so how should the administration be responding.
Well I think what the administration should be doing and I think they're probably working on this is trying to figure out a way to lower the rhetoric.
Try to do you escalate I think this latest step which was just announced they decided that they were not going to.
Do a pre scheduled.
Tests at an ICBM.
The United States previously scheduled -- they decided not to do it is one step in order to do that I think we have to hold firm with the north Koreans.
On and and that's really important because what's happening here.
Is with the the the establishment of new governments in China Japan South Korea and in the security team in north Koreans are essentially testing us.
They're trying to see what our temperament is and what are resolved is in the face of increasing -- pressure.
The problem those we have a new team also in North Korea.
-- relatively at a very young -- here.
He may not know where the envelope this north Koreans are very good at pushing the problem but he himself may not know where the -- the edge of that is that makes sense though Ian thanks a lot for that -- we appreciate it.
Sure thank you.
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