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This week on Monday North Korea successfully -- a nuclear device that they said that.
Put this thing around the size of -- -- ten -- tons that is just about half.
Of of the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.
Monday's nuclear explosion followed up by the test firing of three missiles.
And then yesterday North Korea fires to more missiles from missed it from -- east -- coast launch pad.
Today we've got this military threat and the White House just issuing a brief statement characterizing North Korea's actions as you heard -- Centanni say quote -- And bluster and that's where we are this morning.
Well some weapons analysts now have a new take on -- nuclear tests they are suggesting.
The size of the blast could indicate the Koreans are working not just on -- conventional nuclear weapon.
But a nuclear warhead that's with the intelligence -- call.
The worst nightmare that's because North Korea has a missile arsenal capable of delivering a warhead.
To just about any target within 4500 mile range.
Experts though disagree on how close they are developing that -- -- but it appears.
It's in the works.
So I thought Korea were to.
Attack a US ship or South Korean ground troops for that matter what options does the Pentagon have.
The US has almost 25000 forces stationed in South Korea that's in addition to 600000.
South Korean troops.
But North Korea can call on almost twice that number at a moment's notice.
Joining us now is former deputy assistant secretary of defense here.
Currently a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation Peter good morning.
Good morning Megan what you know let me ask about that White House statement do you agree -- is really just block the bluster by by North Korea.
Well this certainly downplaying -- I think they're trying to cover up for failing policy.
I'm Megan if you look at it in the last four months North Korea has challenged the Obama administration more than they did over eight years of the George W Bush Administration.
This is not good news is they continue to use brinksmanship continues provocations and it's been very very intense now certainly the Pentagon -- want to make things worse nor does the White House because things are very fragile right now but the fact of the matter is is that their policy is not going very well and I think we're increasingly at risk but the North Korea that might be something that could lead to some sort of real major conflagration.
You know one thing that the north said in in addition -- all of its other bellicose language was and I quote it is a ludicrous idea.
For the United States to think that it can defeat us.
Separate -- other statements appear so far to be true.
I -- sanctions -- put pressure on and it probably keep some for being more powerful than they are the North Korea spends about a third of its GDP which is small on the military it's a military state if they had more income coming again -- got some other countries that are anti American they'd be more powerful and they could do more things -- may be more forward it may be -- haven't had more progress under missile programme are under nuclear -- -- sanctions help but it's -- the north Koreans are willing to let their people start.
While they feed the military build nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
So what do you think is it is the solution to bid ambassador Bolton on this program on Monday and I asked of -- now what this is after they would set up a nuclear bomb or now what do we get.
And he said look right you know among other things you got it you gotta put them back at a state sponsors of terror list from that of the State Department.
He -- -- kicked out of the UN as a repeat offender.
And went on to say that we need to forget the six party talks because there -- joke and that's basically what Kim Jong Il -- is just more conversation.
Which is really amounting to nothing.
Do you agree with those points and what else if anything should we be doing.
-- -- -- a friend of mine and -- see his point there I might take a little bit different -- -- say one -- we got to keep our military -- strong and -- -- peninsula no doubt that our Pacific commanders are doing that I think we need to move forward missile defense there's no reason to allow ourselves to be -- -- vulnerable to North Korean missiles I think we also have to go forward to put -- security initiative.
Which would came under John Bolton was watching a great credit -- -- and that is protect her for preventing North Korean missiles and weapons of mass destruction from leaving the Korean Peninsula remember Megan.
Then due September 2007 Israelis took out a facility in Syria nuclear facility in Syria that was being built by the north Koreans they also have close ties with the Iranians on and on the missile front.
Maybe on the nuclear front I think negotiations sanctions.
All of these sort of things are fine but you've got to be able to protect yourself through the PSI -- security initiative better missile defense and a strong military to -- -- worried that you bomb illustration is moving in the wrong direction on some of those issues.
And in specific on that strong military deterrent because we.
-- open this segment by saying what options does the Pentagon have.
You know North Korea goes off the rails and others say things like to -- viewers now here's a quote those -- provoked us we'll face unimaginable merciless punishment.
And we got a lot that we in South Korea that was sort out provoking you know North Korea but -- I -- what we're going to face unimaginable punishment now we can call it.
Bluster as much as we want but obviously the Pentagon's got to consider.
What to do if North Korea goes off the rails nobody trusts Kim Jong Il do they have -- what right and we do.
Well first thought can go -- worry about his legacy I'm not sure he's long for this world -- that stroke last year so he may want to go out.
You know it -- actually gonna about the -- or the bank would also make it have to look at history in 1969 a shot down an American reconnaissance plane they ambush hit over the sea of Japan they took the same here they took the USS Pueblo.
So they have done things they've had some dust up with the South -- what -- fact of the matter is is that we may want to start moving some of our military forces in case there is something goes -- something goes bad we have to be prepared we have to look at where our forces are -- right now our commanders are dusting off the war -- that's the case and it's just in case something goes bad we need to be prepared we would win a war with South Korea with North Korea but it will be very -- remembers all the -- South -- within 25 miles of the DMZ they're about fifteen to twenty -- people who live there North Korea has tens of thousands of artillery -- Focused on at that chemical weapons they have nuclear weapons now they have a large army when vilified for very long but they could they could kill lot of people in the process.
Had estimated that the stakes are just too high completely blown -- his office is the -- of a mad man.
Peter -- always a pleasure having thanks so much for being thank -- Megan for all the money -- one point five billion dollars a year weapons sales the little motivation is there is that not a winning you know.
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