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Joining me now to discuss this tense situation -- -- of Asia Pacific region Fox News national security analysts KT McFarland.
And John Bolton former US ambassador to the United Nations welcome to both of you.
KT North Korea acting like a petulant child what's the real threat of them actually launching a missile.
What did you think they act like a petulant child every year and they do this thing -- thing where they say.
If you -- give us what we while we're gonna have another crisis the difference is this year than -- weapons.
And John -- -- your reaction how serious of a threat are we looking at here from North Korea.
Well I don't think gets likely North Korea is gonna attack anybody but it's clear that -- are getting ready to.
Launch one of these -- -- missiles as a demonstration of their capability both in range and accuracy.
But the risk is they could to show that they've got this capability aim for a point in the Pacific Ocean fifty miles north of our bases on Guam.
And because no one will vouch for the accuracy of their ballistic missile guidance systems it could hit -- That's why we're concerned that's -- South Korea's concerned we should be concerned any time this regime.
Wit which is not rational by Arab terms.
Acts in this way.
So KT what is the proper US response at this point well when you are negotiated down I think John's right weapons north Koreans probably will do is shoot off.
A missile and missile tests do we just how much their capability it.
We don't know what their capability is but I think that their missiles do have the ability to reach Alaska Hawaii Guam.
Now if they don't yet have the ability to reach become our United States they will it's just a matter of time before they get that technology.
But an important step back and say where are we with best.
You know we have been saying for years Bush Administration Obama administration North Korea you cannot get nuclear weapons.
Well guess what they've got nuclear weapons and guess who's watching.
It's the Iranians -- Washington and they got to assume if we couldn't stop that -- sweep north Koreans getting nuclear weapons what's gonna stop them.
It's the message right ambassador Bolton and we know over years and several administrations the US -- sent billions of dollars and eighteen North Korea.
They say this is all -- attempt right because they need to feed their citizens.
What's the end game here.
Well the end game that North Korea wants is to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and they want that not just because it's a desirable.
Political status -- because it would imply acceptance into the international community much the same way after.
Telling -- -- done for years don't test nuclear weapons.
They did there were sanctions the sanctions were lifted and we now accept them as nuclear weapon states.
That's what North Korea's objective is and that's why the notion that you can.
Negotiate with them why there's a way to let them climb down from this to to decrease tension I think is very misguided they've got an objective.
And signs of our weakness -- in -- Simply play into their strategy.
Brand new secretary of state John -- there.
Can John Lu brand new as well a lot of new players here and we know that the president how to deal with Kim Jung -- the father who passed right so it was there -- no sort of transition.
In terms of understanding what our relationship.
Between the north Koreans and in American in littering -- you know I'm getting your guy.
And you -- really -- point but I think it's worth it emphasizing there's new leadership and all these countries.
There's a new young guy obviously Kendra and I -- who knows what he's doing is -- trying to show the world that he's just a separate -- was.
-- -- -- We have a new South Korean president -- in less than a month hawkish new Japanese leaders hawkish also been just for a few months new Chinese leadership.
Also consider to be quite hawkish.
Lessening US secretary of state fans -- that likelihood that one of these new players get something just a little wrong miss calculating.
What another country is going to do to respond means that that's why we're on -- hair -- You know I don't it's not the -- I really.
Worry about that much I don't think North -- gonna wake up and decide what's the new collide if it's this state national I think it's mistakes and that's the -- It's the real politics yeah right so talked about China as you know these cyber attacks emanating from China I mean they are we'll talk about -- geopolitical threat China is the real deal.
That is almost present an on -- for the US and China to sort of mend some of these issues well.
Maybe maybe that out I was with that -- -- Australian prime minister yesterday and he said you know the Chinese are making a lot of signals that they want to have our renewed.
Strategic relationship with the United States now maybe that's just -- maybe there's something to it.
But it certainly is something worth pursuing at the same time the Russians have made overtures to the Chinese they want a new strategic relationship.
Whatever we do -- in northeast Asia there with regard to Japan South Korea.
North Korea China.
We want to get this right because guess what next spring it's only going to be worse.
Secretary of state John Kerry ambassador Bolton is headed to North Korea next week your thoughts on how effective that is it will be in your last word on the subject.
Well I think he's already indicating he's got to try and find some diplomatic way to allow.
North Korea to climb down without losing face in his view I think that's a very misguided way to approach this.
Think it confirms to the north Koreans that the administration really doesn't.
Want to stop them in their effort to become recognized as a nuclear weapons state that we have no real strategy.
And I think that signal not simply.
To North Korea but to Iran and a lot of other would be nuclear weapons states.
And there we are.
Thank you KT McFarland and ambassador John Bolton really fantastic -- so interesting much more on.
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