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Well right now the president is holding -- White House summit meeting with the president of South Korea and are talking about nuclear North Korea.
And the -- growing threat to the region.
-- the meantime North Korea is threatening military retaliation over joint naval drills now under way between the US.
And South Korea and Gordon Chang is the author of nuclear showdown.
North Korea takes on the world according nice heading back on the program and talk a little bit about this issue we have so much -- Of our time in our effort concentrating on the Middle East these days for obvious reasons Syria and -- Libya for example.
How would you assess for viewers.
The national security threat that's coming from North Korea and from that region overall.
-- North Korea is of course a threat but it's also back because of China.
And North Korea has a relationship with the -- North Korea sells everything it makes ballistic missiles.
Nuclear technology to the Iranians so we're really dealing with a connected threat between the Middle East the Persian gulf on the one hand and North Asia on the other and behind both of North Korea and Iran of course is China so this is it's very serious threat for us.
Jennifer Griffin -- -- brought to us that report and it's an annual report from the Pentagon that's directly pointing at China and saying you're the one to blame for these cyber attacks and it's pretty strong language in comparison to what we've heard.
And the pass from the government what would you.
Make that language coming from the United States also one day before this this importing summit meeting with South Korea's president.
We should have heard these words years before because we've -- that the Chinese and the Chinese military have been behind these attacks.
But we have not been willing to say that in public.
Is -- one of the important things was in March the Director of National Intelligence James clapper said that these cyber attacks are the number one threat on the United States elevating that above terrorism well we know that China is behind most of these attacks so really what clapper was saying but he wouldn't we willing to put those in those words.
Was that China it is our number one threat.
We need to have some honest conversations with ourselves because we haven't been willing to do that I'm glad the Pentagon said those words today.
But nonetheless we should have heard them earlier so what does the alliance with South Korea and mean mean to us and our safety.
Well is it's important because South Korea stands in and basically.
Protection of Japan you know we talk about Japan being the cornerstone of our relationship -- -- -- you can't defend Japan in less you have South Korea and the South Koreans for sixty years have stood with us and we've stood with them.
But the important thing though is at the South Koreans are starting to lose their confidence in our ability to defend them.
Because in February a poll released that said 66% of the South Koreans.
Want their own nuclear weapons well South Korea is already protected by the US nuclear umbrella so what basically the South Koreans have been saying is that they no longer trust us to defend them and so it's up to President Obama really to instill that trust and we have a long way to go with the South Koreans we have a lot to prove.
We're keeping an -- and nuclear proliferation wherever it happens in the world and that's why one of the reasons why we're focusing on this region -- to help us make sense of something we had.
These two different headlines coming from North Korea one is that they were taking some missiles and moving them -- long way from the coast and some were saying well that's a sign they're not going to be testing.
These missiles and they have -- that was going to be looked at as some sort of provocation but we're crossing here from north -- if we do anything wrong.
Over the next couple days of these military exercises there's they're going to retaliate so.
What it what are they doing.
Well this is traditional North Korea and tactics of turning up the temperature and turning it down.
And then they sometimes do it at the same time.
You know clearly we got to remember though that although it's good news that they took these two moves -- -- missiles and put them back in the storage there's three more mobile missile launchers on the loose in North Korea so we can't let down our guard and this thing about the way I see is really important because.
You know they said that we were engaging in these live fire drills which we work.
It in North Korea's mind those live fire drills or provocations -- in 2010.
When the South Koreans were actually engaged in live fire exercises there.
The north Koreans use that as an excuse to -- -- an island killing -- South Koreans two of them civilians.
So this spring is always a very dangerous time in the west -- so we gotta pay a lot of attention to what's going on there at this moment.
We'll contain duties so -- with your help thank you so much it was nice -- on the program.
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