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My next guest says the nuclear threat from North Korea will exist as long as the regime itself exists joining us now.
-- analyze the implications of this latest nuclear detonation is the former US ambassador to the United Nations.
Fox News contributor John -- ambassador.
Good to have you here.
The third such tests as they'd like to call this this music's they detonated nuclear.
Bomb for crying out -- Let me start by asking you why in the world is the media and the government so -- to call it what it is it's a bomb.
Well it would be a declaration of failure to admit what's going on here but there's no doubt this third nuclear test is -- to take North Korea a lot closer to its.
Long time objective of getting a deliverable nuclear weapons capability and you know the day they put a warhead on top of -- missile that can go anywhere on earth.
Is not the time to start worrying about this the time to start -- was years ago but at least we can start now there's no evidence the Obama administration has yet figured that out.
Well as to the to the partisan issue is if we can put those to the -- just for a moment and picture and and look at the reality because there have been failures Republican and Democrats -- -- The the course of this this regime's.
Path to nuclear power.
It and it is now a nuclear power -- and we need to recognize that is such.
What are the options available to the United States in response to.
To North Korea which has basically told it's -- largest benefactor and principal ally China.
To step aside.
Yeah now let's be clear the Clinton administration failed the Bush Administration failed the Obama administration is failing it is definitely a twenty -- -- bipartisan failure and the reality is as long as there isn't North Korea there will be North Korean nuclear weapons the Chinese could change that.
But so far they've shown no inclination to do so I think.
Realistically the only long term solution is to.
Find a way to reunify the peninsula peacefully and I think the key there is China which we need to be talking to.
About how to accomplish this well certainly we talk with China all the time in half but not about all this but not.
That may horrific case over the course of -- twenty years we have been talking with negotiating with and conducting trade.
And -- relationships.
What could China do here -- That would determine.
-- a peaceful resolution of there North Korea's nuclear aspirations.
Which by the way look as though they're very near full full.
-- -- Well look China supplies 90%.
Or more 90%.
Or more of North Korea's energy its supplies substantial amounts of food and other humanitarian aid.
There's simply no doubt China could change what it acknowledges is a real.
Component of instability in northeast Asia and that's the nuclear program but what they're afraid of is that the regime in North Korea is so weak that if they apply pressure it will collapse.
And the peninsula will be reunified under American control I think we can talk to the Chinese.
About why it is ultimately in their interest to get to a point that will happen some day and make it something that they can live with one career -- unifies.
If we had started talking China last ten years ago we'd be a lot closer.
I don't know if they do this in diplomatic circles.
bastard but who would have put -- -- just doesn't work.
-- never too late to start because right now North Korea's on the verge of being able to sell that nuclear weapons capability anyway -- my hand and I understand that.
But what -- could issue it is still doesn't work not even in diplomacy our foreign policy.
What we're left with is a situation extant and that suggest -- you what option available for the Obama administration.
To pursue the US national interest and security of the financial.
Well look in the short term.
-- put North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism -- -- amount of international financial transactions I certainly wouldn't supply the many humanitarian assistance which they used.
To prop up the regime but honestly you have to look at the longer term solution and that means you need to find a way to get this regime.
Eliminated hopefully peacefully by reunifying the peninsula otherwise there's every reason to think they're working with Iran certainly on ballistic missiles.
And perhaps on the weapons side as well and that means that these problems are closely related.
Investor -- always good to have you what brought much more on the.