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Memorial Day weekend we are honored to talk with America's top military man admiral Mike Mullen chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and admiral welcome back to Fox -- -- -- let's start with -- North Korea.
How serious is the risk of armed conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
And how with that the North Korea can sync.
A South Korean warship killing 46 sailors without a military response.
Both of part of the world that were always very focused on in terms of sustaining stability and the goal.
Remains terror certainly not.
Have a conflict break out that's sad.
I'm north Koreans are committed in no -- -- -- -- -- well.
46 sailors and South Korea.
Were killed and we've been -- -- with.
South Korea and very strong ally in support program in terms of moving forward here so.
There's always risk I'm concerned there's with Kim Jong you know it's.
He's he always he -- just doesn't seem to -- single things.
It's on concern that you know there could be follow on activities.
That said and certainly there.
Political and diplomatic and international focus.
Keep it stable part of the world is absolutely vital.
Do you think that that stability is more in question more or less than -- Usually is well certainly after an answer like this there's stability is something that we focus on -- and it becomes more fragile.
There's there are also issues in North Korea tied to.
His six action.
So there's a great deal of focus on this right now in terms of keeping it stable and responding appropriately.
From an international standpoint.
There's a new UN report that North Korea has been secretly.
-- export it.
Smuggling nuclear and missile technology.
To other parts of the world including.
Syria and Iran should the US put North Korea back on the list of countries that sponsor terrorists.
Well not certainly not for me to decide that's true decision four.
President Obama and leadership.
Political leadership -- our country that said North Korea is unknown proliferate -- As you've suggested.
I haven't seen reports so I couldn't speak to the -- would look we won't really would like to see stop.
It creates a danger.
And it was something that was addressed in the most recent.
United nations Security Council resolution against North Korea I think -- was 1874.
The last time that North Korea acted -- and we need to keep that focus.
Let's turn to the to the rogue regime in Iran we still don't -- After months of talk a new set of sanctions.
Most experts doubt that whatever we end up getting from the UN is going to stop Iran from pursuing it's nuclear ambitions.
You have talked on this show the last time you were on about how -- -- destabilizing.
A US military strike would be.
Have you thought.
About what it will take.
To contain a nuclear Iran.
Well first of all there is continued focus on the sanctions.
I'm hopeful that those which have been.
Preliminarily approved in New York actually.
I get put into effect I think it's very important in that regard because the ability.
Or the legitimacy.
In terms of moving forward and continuing to isolate Iran as as Iran.
Continues to isolate itself that said.
Them achieving weapons capability along with the destabilizing impact.
Striking them from where you're from whomever came as something and I continue to be extremely concerned about I also -- -- If -- night if we we ended up despite our best efforts with a nuclear Iran what would containment look like.
That's hypothetical at this point certainly it's something that is not a lot but not well it's longer term concern and and when we.
If for some reason we ever got to that position and I think we've addressed that issue haven't spent a great deal of time on -- In Afghanistan.
We keep hearing that we're going -- out soon a major offensive in Kandahar.
On the other hand you say this is not gonna be.
The Taliban to to make a stand in Kandahar.
And how central is the battle of Kandahar to victory in Afghanistan.
I said for many months -- -- the violence levels we're gonna go up this year it has already.
In Afghanistan and Kandahar central to that.
And our focus on Kandahar we've initially started -- shape that operation.
And it is central to the long term outcome I think there Kandahar will give us very clear evidence of how this strategy is proceeding it is.
The home of posh tune.
Resistance it it it is the it is central to the insurgency so I think.
Success in Kandahar over the next many months -- -- -- critical for the longer term.
Outcome in in -- There's a report.
Out this weekend that the Pentagon is reviewing plans for a major.
In Pakistan if god forbid there should be a successful terror attack here in the US homeland and it can be traced back to Pakistan question.
Are you putting terror groups and the Pakistani government on notice.
I've spent an extraordinary amount of time in Pakistan and dealing with my counterpart -- general -- on me and -- I've been impressed with.
How much Pakistan has evolved the last couple years -- lost a significant number of troops.
They've -- gain a significant amount of their territories are very focused on that they're struggling in building behind.
That they've created in that particular -- they've moved some 70000 troops -- the west.
So we're working hard to strengthen that relationship -- working hard to support them in training.
And will continue to do that.
When you talk about a unilateral.
Strike if there is a successful terror attack are you putting the government.
And the terror groups on notice will take us into our own hands -- -- lord and my focus more than anything else is in support of them and clearly.
I mean we're very concerned about that part of the world were very concerned about that's where al-Qaeda leadership.
Lives we know -- and we're working with Pakistan and quite frankly with Afghanistan.
To continue to put pressure on that leadership I wouldn't speak to any kind of.
-- the full house and a senate committee voted this week to repeal don't ask don't tell even though the Pentagon review won't be.
Completed until the end of the year does that send the wrong message to our troops when.
The house senate and a major committee in the Senate are in effect saying we've already decided what we're gonna do before we hear from you.
Well I said in my testimony in February personally I believe it -- the law it's the law should change but by also said that this review is critically important.
Ideally I would like the legislation to wait.
Until we've completed the review shall we can look at how to implement.
When he allegedly the signal to the troops if they see the house is already passed the -- well we've worked hard to so foreign distributor and equipment understand what's going on with respect to our troops.
And I don't control the legislative.
Calendar and the other thing is.
Recognizing the -- -- took place I certainly understand that but it's they're I think it could be many months before this thing.
Before the legislation actually was finally completed and it was packed.
But let me ask another aspect of that that the house passed the repealed as an amendment to the defense authorization act.
And the Senate Republicans are saying if that's in the authorization act.
That when it gets to the Senate floor that they'll filibuster it do you worry that military spending to get all mixed up with social policy.
Actually less to worry with respect.
Spending in support of our men and women.
In in the wars right now then it is putting that's putting the force.
In in the middle of this debate which is something that we have sought from a leadership perspective to avoid and by and large so far that's been the case what I don't wanna do.
Is electrify the force at a time where they're going through two.
In in the time of two wars like the time that we've been at war.
And and when we get to a point.
We get through the review will understand what it takes to implement it and having time and in fact.
I with a sector defense and the president would certify.
That were ready for an implementation.
At at the time that that really should take.
Finally -- we only have about a minute left but we'd like to give -- to do you have a message.
Both to our troops and to the rest of America on this Memorial Day we can live I can't.
And put its target put into words.
That I have and supporter of so many who.
Have given so much over the course of our history but particularly in these -- my wife and I spent time Friday -- hundreds of members of families of the fall families of the fallen -- That their -- -- never be forgotten that their sacrifices.
Continue to make a difference.
Nodding only in these conflicts.
And for people around the world but in support of our national security interest and their bedrock.
To who we are as a country.
They are the best military I've ever been associated with -- there's not a -- go by -- don't think about them their sacrifices.
The service and the difference that they -- and I'm very grateful for all.
Admiral Mullen we want to thank you so much for coming in today and we thank you and our forces -- Around the world for all of your service thank him -- --
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