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US officials now say they will not use force to inspect -- North Korean ships suspected of carrying banned goods.
An American destroyer has been following the -- through the South China Sea officials believe the ship is on its way to Myanmar North Korea's long range missiles continue to be a cause for concern in the international community as well as here at home.
I sat down for an exclusive interview with the chairman of the joint chiefs.
Admiral Mike Mullen and asked him just how close those missiles could get to Hawaii and the rest of the US.
The Taepodong two which -- a launched recently.
Has that range it's one of the reasons we've.
We've put in place defensive measures to protect ourselves should that.
Be reached -- How confident are you that you could shoot down -- -- famous book that we're approaching things very kind of and what percentage of likelihood would be safe and north Koreans -- -- to could strike.
-- will strike Hawaii.
-- I mean each time he's tested these missiles he's gotten better and while the last test was a failure.
It was an improvement on the one before that.
So there concern over the long run as and he continues to build this capability and even in his failures which -- What he's had completely so far but he gets better at work he does and at some point in time he reaches -- potential what would be the US reaction.
North Koreans testing being nuclear device again.
The long term goal is ensure that you know this is a country that doesn't develop nuclear weapons.
And so that's probably the biggest concern that we -- exactly what we do you do it again.
That's really something for the president and I think other other international leaders took us.
-- -- -- -- Are you seeing any split loyalties can be Iranian Revolutionary Guards any sense that the military might -- is fracturing.
From a military perspective not a lot has changed as I've watched this over the last two -- elections and Iran still considers.
-- they're still.
Very artful look for yours in terms of terrorism.
In terms of their.
They still support.
Hezbollah Hamas they have been a destabilizing influence and again on the military.
For -- and -- -- continue on -- path in my view to develop nuclear weapons.
None of this that's happened last week -- change.
How concerned are you that Israel we'll take.
An opportunity perhaps right now to well.
Attention is diverted from the nuclear program in Iran that they're so concerned about and that they -- -- an existential threat.
How concerned created Israel could launch a military strike against -- team.
-- program I've seen or vacation or store.
Let's talk about Iraq the US forces must be out right -- the cities by June 30.
That's the deadline.
Are you concerned that violence could spike in those -- as -- -- back.
Were aware that it's a vulnerable time and and it wouldn't surprise me to see violence.
In some of the big cities.
And were prepared for that and Iraqi Security Forces are prepared for that.
But from a sustaining standpoint.
In the future to be able to sustain our security environment continue to be able to have drawn -- Support the elections later this year and to watch the political environment of -- which is so critical.
To continued success in Iraq -- Secretary Gates has said that there's a fleeting opportunity right now.
To win in Afghanistan there.
You couldn't I really do agree I I have a sense of urgency I think we're only to have a sense of urgency Afghanistan and that starts there.
Turn this around in the next twelve to eighteen months -- -- twelve to eighteen.
-- I don't think I don't think we can take another two years.
Where we go through this substantial.
Part of the year certainly when the fighting is toughest.
In this summer and through the fall.
With the trends headed in the same direction.
Just a quick note on Afghanistan the US today announced a new drug policy for the region US envoy Richard Holbrooke.
Says the US will no longer spend money eradicating Afghanistan's drug crops eradication program she said weren't working.
And we're pushing farmers into the hands of the Taliban.
Afghanistan provides 93% of the world's opium.
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