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North Korea takes on the world released by random house.
Back in January 2000 sex in the morning mr.
-- Good morning -- where -- -- down.
Well we certainly are going again if we've seen a lot of this from the past just bluster and Saber rattling but this time things are a little bit more dangerous in the sense that.
Kim Jung -- the inexperienced 29 year old ruler did not in control -- young receivers in disarray.
And at no time since 1949 has in North Korean leader had a smaller base of support than he does today and that would mean.
-- he might actually risk a lot more than he should.
Does not control who -- -- control.
Last year Kim Jong and tried to -- a lot of generals and he succeeded.
But did he got the flag officers really upset.
And what he's doing now I think is trying to appease them because under his father of the military stood at the top of the perceived.
Can jump ball and how ever under the influence of his -- -- Has been trying to make the Korean Workers Party the preeminent part of the regime and of course the general -- that most don't like that.
Salt all of these threats leads to -- I mean you either.
Custom back tomorrow per -- -- -- is trying to do about it.
-- And that's good.
That's fitting that everyone concerned about that he's painting himself into a corner.
And at the same time to read the region around him as more ball also for instance -- South Koreans.
Are just -- and fed up of accepting blow after blow from North Korea and not responding so the South Korean military is on hair trigger.
I mean they just want to strike back so that's.
Really makes this a little bit more volatile than normally.
Are critical web site more debt -- -- lived or worked in China Hong Kong for.
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Do you know a lot of fun you know so now all you -- -- your right through reforms among webs that no one else is doing.
By a bright I speak I try to keep ahead of what's going on a major -- things.
Are changing really really fast there and it's not just North Korea but it's also China which going through it leadership transition that is unsettling -- And -- you've got the Chinese military becoming much more -- -- That is really changing the facts on the ground in Asia and it makes it very interesting to write about China.
Saudi -- and -- you make a living doing.
I try my best Simon come -- My wife doesn't wanna eat too much and doesn't travel that much so it makes a little bit easier to indulge my passion for geopolitics.
Back to north to -- -- All its final question I have is what all are they capable of doing.
You know I think that there -- capable of a small provocation because they think they can get away with it.
And this time I don't not so sure that they will because the South Koreans will strike back.
And that will create sort of a spiral downwards where we don't know where or end up.
I don't think that they want to start an all out war don't even wanna start a small one but I think that because Kim Jong-un is -- experience.
He may not know where the line has.
He's gotten his granddad the two previous rulers of North Korea were very capable of killing Americans and South Koreans but they knew how part of -- to push us because we never struck back at them now I think that we've got to ruler in North Korea who may not know where that line is.
This -- because its China site.
You know of the people in China.
-- back in the north Koreans -- they supplied the north Koreans would mobile missile launchers which substantially increase the north's ability to wage war on Sunday Chinese leaders -- -- -- gave this sort of vague warning about countries creating chaos.
-- self restraint and everybody just assumed he was criticizing the north Koreans.
But got 24 hours ago People's Daily which is the most -- authoritative publication in China.
Made it crystal clear that -- -- -- was referring not to the north Koreans but to the Americans as the ones that are causing trouble in this crisis.
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I don't think it what is one.
-- it's very well because what they need to do first and foremost is to reassure the South Koreans.
Who are losing confidence in our ability to defend them and that's why it was important to fly the B twos and the B fifty twos over South Korea.
Because that made the South Koreans feel that we did have their back.
You know we want that in South Koreans to exercise caution and restraint.
And in order to do that they've got to have the feeling that we will come to their aid.
And the Obama administration done a good job on that but you know this is really early days and so it's been easy so -- -- the United States to respond well.
The real big thing is going to be what happens tomorrow and the day after that and maybe the weekend when we're -- -- see the north Koreans really ramp things up.
Simpson -- If you're paying attention and could discipline ourselves and -- -- barely get another book out of this that.
Things are moving much too fast by mr.
-- book I mean things are changing but only daily but hourly.
And with the changes being you know North Korea China South Korea in the way the government and the -- react to all this.
You know even writing an article sometimes it's hard to keep up so.
You know book right now on Asia would be hard to do it just changing much -- that it's much too volatile.
Amateur could go to all but publisher and drew me and a guy and I'm already thinking like.
North Korea nuclear showdown diary.
And and you can't keep up as you can keep -- make notes of -- that happens every day in and at some longer reach a conclusion -- And -- have the diary in your thoughts of all out -- never could do an overview and -- menu and nothing can hear Gordon I'm trying to help real trying to help you.
Okay well I'm as well and do right after -- call a minute call up my editor random house and onto the Jewish -- this is something I got to do.
And I mean she's gonna tell me no anonymous say Imus thought this was a good idea knowledge you have to think well why don't so that's a good idea it must be a good -- Edited a veteran agents and -- need to get to launch liberal that I Sam -- consult us you know.
OK okay -- at a coal burning up and then take you up on that -- thank you very much.
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