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North Korea has tested six missiles since what appears to be a couple of underground nuclear test earlier this week.
And now there's word -- preparing for a seventh launch.
Is this Kim Jong -- bluster or do we have a very serious national security problem on our hands joining us now.
Democratic congressman -- -- stack of Pennsylvania who before coming to congress was -- three star admiral.
And commanded an aircraft carrier battle group.
Congressman it's good to have you with us thanks for joining me to be here what do you think I mean there have been cases in the past -- we see a lot of bluster from North Korea than they just really want to draw people the table they're looking for some financial help.
And they really don't go forward with it.
But this seems to be at least initially something very different.
You're right I mean this is probably since the present leader of North Korea has been in power one of the -- Erratic.
Series of events we have seen all that said.
We also know that internally there appears to be going over a succession fight.
With a third sun media not to be appointed the leader and one other -- seems to be vying for power.
In the middle of all -- the military for the very first time the last few months ever.
Has stepped up and been making belligerent statements.
So there seems not unlike you see in American politics.
A strategic pause in their country.
Where they're vying for who can be harder anti US I think therefore the United States has to be very careful and deliberate.
About what's not an immediate threat.
But is truly a security challenge what we need to be doing militarily.
To prepare for you know -- some of the actions that might take place with.
Without a question we need to continue and maybe even move a few additional assets some of which have been moved to the central front of terrorism in that -- Afghanistan Pakistan area.
To making sure that we're watching carefully any type of military movement.
But the most I think you're going to see is what happened 1999.
In early 2001 I think it was his some smaller naval clashes.
In the western.
It's oceans off of Korea in fact if you notice the other day.
North Korea actually established a illegal economic exclusion zone that impacts the legal waters of South Korea.
That's probably where -- gonna see a little bit more costly -- about but right now it's intelligence gathering.
Let me change topics because many people have said sir.
That you're gonna run for the US senate and will probably be a primary challenger for us senator Arlen Specter can you confirm that for us.
I can confirm that I have been extremely.
Seriously thoughtfully deliberately looking at that -- my personal intentions is to step into this.
Following a serious deliberate.
Thoughtful discussion with my family and I want to make it very clear Brian.
This is not about me or my time that I said the other reading this is about -- pennsylvanians.
-- over the next four to six years the government for better or for worse.
Our federal government we retool and our economy and health -- right education energy and who we have in the Senate.
We'll make a big impact during that time for the future of -- let.
We jump in because you were quoted as saying something on a radio show with -- Alan Colmes last night about your potential primary opponent.
Senator Arlen Specter a man who just became a Democrat.
And you say you think he's being sort of selfish and all of this.
No I don't think I use that term at all I was asked three times -- -- self serving by Alan.
And I said to him look I have respect for Al -- he's done good things in the past but when he said he did not want his legacy.
To be determined by the Republican Party.
He decided that's why he had to change and I said that look it's not about marlins' job as much as we can respect what he's done in the past.
It's about the jobs that his and other votes with President Bush have caused us to lose in this recession and how do we best go -- -- in the future did you get asked not to run against Arlen Specter.
I have not been asked by anyone who is in the Washington.
Establishment who has been elected.
-- in the pennsylvanians.
That has been elected there somebody -- askew who was it.
There have been people in the establishment I would say at pennsylvanians.
You know -- -- been around for.
For five decades and he knows the establishment and they are people often give money that they just didn't want me to -- I understand that and that's actually.
What's even moving -- into this race because I was so disappointed.
That Washington DC with my party the Democratic Party could actually think they could anoint someone.
Independent minded pennsylvanians.
I think it's -- And this is not some left but it's gonna be doing a few months ago well and so that's yes there have been calls that people with the GO look.
How about not doing this you know it's not.
You know your primary it's not it's pennsylvanians.
Time and that's what's -- me to this more than anything else and why we actually got into politics.
I got to leave it right there are -- because we are out of time but congress.
Good luck on whatever you finally decide sounds like you sort of made up your mind that.
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