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Today that the United States and South Korea are planning military exercises in the waters off the Korean Peninsula in response to the sinking of a South Korean warship.
That killed 46 sailors now here's the crux of it.
South Korea reports that the north fired a torpedo that sank that war that warship in the yellow -- back in March.
We're told the planned joint exercises will test the two nations' ability to prevent any future attacks.
-- -- now former ambassador Wendy Sherman she just returned from the south.
From South Korea she met with North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong-Il a few years ago now the vice chair of Albright stone bridge group.
And was an advisor to President Clinton and secretary of state Madeleine Albright secretary of state Warren Christopher -- is very well.
-- familiar with this region we appreciate you sticking around through all of that oil stuff commitments are sure of course.
-- investor that listen.
How worried are -- about the equity -- from Kim Jong -- now.
And whether his talk of war is something real or just more dear -- stuff.
Well I certainly hope it's not real I think that president -- lombok South Korea working with the United States has made a very appropriate response.
Which is to take some stern and firm that measures with North Korea that -- Secretary Clinton said.
In China just today we don't want to escalate that belligerence in the provocation from North Korea.
We want to have a serious and international response not just a bilateral response or regional response but an international one.
To say to North Korea and to say to Kim Jong ill.
This kind of behavior does not belong in the international community and it's -- The south is going to take this to the united nations security council for an international response.
I've spoken with a couple experts in this field and read a lot on it today.
Ambassador Sherman and I I wonder what if you -- believes that will along with a consensus which seems to be today that.
This thing could if not handled properly properly -- rapidly escalate into something that that really the world.
Does not have the resources -- -- moment.
-- I don't think any of us want this to escalate.
Into what could be a horrible conflict there's a million man army from the north it's poised along the South Korean border.
They have knitting -- many rounds of artillery let alone.
As we know what -- nuclear weapons and so this has to be handled very carefully.
China's an important player in this which is why Secretary Clinton is having very intense consultations with the Chinese.
Japan has already come on board.
This needs to be a regional and an international response South Korea has stopped a good deal of its trade from the north has closed its territorial waters.
Back to northern merchant ships.
I think these joint exercises are -- prudent measure.
But this all has to be fairly carefully calibrated and the problem is we can't calibrate North Korea's response.
Kim -- L has a way of doing things that.
That take it to the next step and so we have to be responsible and careful.
But firm in our response because this kind of behavior can't be accepted by the international community.
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