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And -- Fox News and a US official reports it's likely that the north Koreans conducted pre launch missile test today.
According to this US official the north Koreans briefly raised the mobile missile launcher.
That they have position on -- East Coast and according to officials in North Korea they have powerful striking means and that's a quote.
Jennifer Griffin's live with the news the Pentagon what what do they think this is what what do they think this -- Well.
Essentially what we're seeing here is we're seeing a lot of movement they've now.
Raise the missile it's it's it's a pre launch check we're told it doesn't mean that there -- about to launch but it means they could launch at any time as we've been told by pentagon officials.
Right now it does not.
Chuck Hagel was on the held this morning.
And he was asked whether this meant that the that well whether -- that north Koreans could actually reach the US.
With their missiles he said not yet here was his response.
I don't believe that.
-- those countries has.
Right now how does that mean that they won't have it or they can't have it or they're not working on it.
No and that's.
Why this is a very dangerous.
In terms of conventional missiles he can still cause some damage however today.
North Korea announced the missiles were quote put on standby for a launch in the coordinates of the targets were put into the warheads.
So again all eyes on this right now the president is meeting with.
The UN Secretary General at the White House will know more after that meeting ends up as anybody figured out what -- Kim's goal is that all of us.
Well no they don't know what his goal is but.
It James clapper the head chief of US intelligence was asked about this and he suggested that he thought this is an effort to consolidate power here's what he said.
Much of the rhetoric.
Will affect all of the rest of the belligerent rhetoric.
I think is designed for both an internal and an external audience.
So but I think first and foremost it's listen to show that he is firmly in control in.
In North Korea.
Secretary of state John Kerry will arrive in South Korea in Seoul.
In about twelve hours time he'll be there overnight he'll then go on to China it will be very interesting to see if Kim decides to test.
While secretary of state Kerry is right there in his own backyard.
-- I wouldn't wouldn't surprise me one -- little bit about it.
Now wouldn't be obstruction -- Jennifer Griffin at the Pentagon didn't they saw how big -- deal is this I mean is this just more.
North Korea bluster let's get right PJ Crowley a former assistant secretary of state now professor George Washington university in the DC Peter as always good see you.
I -- a lot of people I talked to.
And less of that region and and watchers have it seem to think he's got an internal problem that there's a power struggle going on -- does that make sense.
I mean it's possible he's since he could be a secure.
I don't know that there's -- power struggle on there.
But I I do I do agree with general clapper that in all likelihood he's trying to use this create a crisis.
To strengthen his hold on power well he's he's done that effectively.
His predecessors have done that effectively but his predecessors.
Always seem to have a way out in the end and if if little Kim has come up with a way out nobody seems to be able to figure out what it is it into the words.
A trap -- -- -- doesn't have to follow through with all these promises which he clearly cannot keep.
While there the north Koreans have a holiday coming up.
Honoring Kim's grandfather and of course they've tried -- they've they've tried to fashion the Young Kim -- this is more and his grandfather's image than his father's image so it is that could be a part of it.
I think we have to expect.
That he'll probably fire this missile.
As long as it it hits ocean at the end of its trajectory.
We've we've seen that before as well the real danger here is is an action a reaction and then some kind of cycle.
We don't quite know where it ends.
And I'm assuming that all the nations involved here the United States all of our troops in South Korea the South Korean leadership of the new president there.
They're all trying to figure out how not to jump off a cliff.
If some -- -- weapons but I completely agree with what Jennifer said about the timing of this if if Kerry is in Beijing.
When Kim fires a missile that will be a significant loss of face for the Chinese and that could be -- very very significant development.
Because the Chinese are about all North Korea had if it if China wanted North Korea to stop all this.
China could make that happen couldn't.
-- It did that that's yeah that China had -- how is it is best positioned.
To have a stern conversation.
With with North Korea.
But there's no indication that that that younger Kim is listing of the Chinese in the way that his father did.
But there is a debate going on within Beijing about having Kim Jong -- as it's the F -- bad for business.
I have and this could accelerate that debate debate if they really put the Chinese on the spot you wonder if the Chinese wouldn't be interest to consumers regime change over there.
I don't think there in certain regime change the -- -- the Chinese want it -- you know is instability.
And -- certain date with what they do have the ability to pull back some of their support.
Which could make it hurt Kim's pocket.
Well we got big buckets full of instability and uncertainty these days hopefully we'll get past the fifteenth which is Monday the good money I mean you don't know what they're gonna do.
But that's the anniversary they love anniversaries that would be Monday morning their time which would be Sunday night about -- -- -- time.
So I don't claim to be have a country.
That's good to see you think IT FJ.
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