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News on The 700 Club: April 4, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," April 4: 'Annihilation' threat: Nuclear North Korea to top Trump's China meeting; Fight over Gorsuch turns radioactive, but at what cost?, and more. Read Transcript

Welcome to this edition of "The 700 Club."

You know, it was a shocking revelation

when a high level North Korean defector

told Lester Holt of NBC News that if the regime of Kim Jong

Un was threatened, he would not hesitate

to launch a nuclear attack against the United

States of America.

That's what he said.

He wouldn't hesitate to do it.

He would do it.

Therefore, without question, North Korea

has been labeled the biggest threat to America.

And that-- it's called a communist government.

It's not a communist government.

Somebody said this is a crime family in charge of a nation.

And the thing is they have been testing missiles.

They have been testing nuclear missile engines.

They have tested miniaturization of nuclear weapons.

And from all we understand, out of that arsenal they have

of nuclear devices, they could probably

put a small one on a launch vehicle

sufficient to certainly hit Japan, maybe

our troops in the Orient someplace,

or, very possibly, the continental US.

And that could happen very soon.


Well, that nuclear threat from North Korea

is going to be right at the top of the agenda

when President Trump meets with the president of China

this week.

They're meeting in Florida.

Gary Lane has the story.

It's multiple missile launches like this one last month

that have everyone concerned about North Korea.

New threats and the erratic behavior

of the country's leader, Kim Jong Un,

are being taken seriously.

The House of Representatives responded Monday

by passing a resolution denouncing North Korea's

pursuit of intercontinental ballistic weapons

capable of carrying nuclear warheads

and telling the State Department to see if the north is a state

sponsor of terrorism.

Once again, Kim and his foreign ministry

are making threats to take military action

against the United States and its East Asian allies, Japan

and South Korea.

Increasingly angered by US joint military exercises

with South Korea, North Korea's vice foreign minister

says his country is prepared to defend itself

with a preemptive strike.

Our army has got its weapons ready for annihilation,

and it is watching the US through the size

of its nuclear strike capability,

and it is determined to reduce the American imperialists

to ruins if they make a move.

Enter China.

While President Trump has blasted the country

for currency manipulation and unfair trade practices,

he's looking to the country for help in reining in North Korea.

North Korea is expected to be one

of the main topics of discussions

when President Trump meets with Chinese President Xi at his Mar

a Lago home this week.

China has to cooperate.

This is now down to, do we want to continue

to see these ballistic missile attacks from North Korea,

or does China want to do something about it?

President Trump told the "Financial Times," quote,

"if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will."

The President hasn't said exactly how

he plans to stop North Korea, but the Pentagon

is starting to put in place an anti-missile system

in South Korea known as THAD.

THAD is the terminal high altitude area defense system.

Three of the four missiles launched by North Korea

last month landed in Japanese waters.

The US government says THAD would

protect our Japanese and South Korean allies from future North

Korean missile aggression.

Both China and Russia oppose the system,

because they believe it could also be directed against them .

In advance of this week's US-China summit,

the Chinese vice foreign minister said,

when presidents Trump and Xi meet,

they must manage and control the sensitive issues

with constructive attitudes.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley,

says the pressure will be on China.

They need to show us how concerned they are.

They need to put pressure on North Korea.

The only country that can stop North Korea is China.

Gary Lane, CBN News.

Well, with us now to talk about the North Korean threat

is Bill Gertz.

Gertz is a national security columnist

for "The Washington Times," an award-winning writer,

senior editor of "The Washington Free Beacon."

He's also written a new book called "The iWar:

War and Peace in the Information Age."

Bill, thanks for being with us.


Good to be on the show.

Look, if you were advising the President,

what would you tell him to do?

How do we counter this threat from North Korea?

Well, it is a big threat, and it's an emerging threat,

and it comes in many forms.

Most worryingly is the nuclear threat and the missile threat.

Not only are they developing land based missiles,

but they're developing underwater missiles,

submarine launched missiles.

The nuclear capability-- again, they've tested about five times

in total--

so the intelligence estimates are

that they're getting close to being

able to have a missile with a nuclear warhead that could

reach the United States, perhaps within the next four years

is the latest assessment.

I would go for an information strategy.

I mean, this is a crimes against humanity regime

that violates human rights in a way

that we've never seen before in modern history.

And I think it will be interesting to see

what happens at the summit.

President Trump has said just recently

that the US is willing to go it alone if it needs

to deal with this problem.

Well, you know, if China really

turns the screws on North Korea, they

can stop all the shipments of all the shipments of coal.

They would essentially isolate North Korea,

and it would be impoverished.

Do you reckon Trump can talk Xi into doing that?

I don't think that's going to happen.

The saying is that the Chinese and North Korean militaries are

as close as teeth and lips, and so they're

fraternal communist allies, even though, as you mentioned,

this is kind of a crime family regime, the third generation

of the Kim family.

But I think that the next step we'll probably see

is some increased sanctions, perhaps even

sanctions on many of the Chinese companies

that are trading with North Korea.

I think that would send a strong signal to Beijing that they

need to rein in this regime.

Well, it's something we haven't talked about--

we've studied it, and it's so frightening--

is this so-called, you know, the EMP thing,

the electronic pulse, that I understand if the North Koreans

detonate a nuclear device somewhere over the heartland

of America, they can essentially fry the electronic signals

of almost every electronic device we've got in this whole


What are we doing about that, or do you know?

Well, I know that Jim Woolsey, the former CIA director,

has been very outspoken on this issue.

And it is a threat.

It's something that we only learned

as a corollary of above ground tests way back in the '60s.

This electromagnetic pulse does have the capability--

if the North Koreans were to do a burst at, say,

maybe 50 miles above the earth, it

would fry all the electronics for an area, probably

1,000 miles.

So it's not as dangerous as some say, but it is a threat,

and it could be used.

Of course, any type of a nuclear detonation like that

would trigger a massive US counter strike against it.

It would mean the end of the North Korean regime.

But, of course, we'd be sitting in the dark.

Well, there's some thought that we

need to get regime change and that Kim Jong Un, according

to his defector, that high level defector,

is a little bit unbalanced intellectually.

I mean, he's nuts.

And he has these capabilities, and he

said he wouldn't hesitate to go to war to maintain his power.

What do we do about him?

Should we have any kind of military action against him?

Well, I don't think military is the best option.

I mean, the problem right now is it's

so much of the North Korean artillery forces

are so close to South Korea.

It would be a devastating humanitarian disaster

for another war on the peninsula.

But in my book, I have a solution,

which is information warfare.

I say we flood the country with laptop computers and cell


And even though the regime would try to control them,

eventually, we could break through that information wall,

get some information in there, and then that

would lead to the regime change.

Once people understand what's going on in the world

outside of North Korea, it's basically hermetically sealed

from an information standpoint.

Bill, I hope--

yours is the most benign way of bringing it about.

I hope you're right.

Well, thanks so much for being with us.

We appreciate it.

You've got a new book out, or is that the same book

we've been talking about?

No, it's a new book.

It's called "iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age."

Available wherever books are sold?


Bill Gertz, a tremendous investigative reporter.

Appreciate him being with us.

Well, the fight over President Trump's pick

to become the next justice of the Supreme Court

has turned radioactive on Capitol Hill

because it looks like the Senate Republicans want

to have to use what's called a nuclear option, which

is something I would applaud wholeheartedly.

Our CBN News White House correspondent Jennifer Wishon

brings us that story from Washington.

Voting along party lines?

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee

approved Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination

to the Supreme Court, setting up a vote or, more accurately,

a showdown in the full Senate later this week.

Judge Gorsuch has crossed his first hurdle, but to ensure he

makes it to the bench of the Supreme Court,

it looks like Republicans may have

to use the nuclear option--

that is, change the rules so Gorsuch

can be approved by a simple majority of 51 votes instead

of 60.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

has indicated he will go nuclear if he has to.

And now Democrats have enough votes to try to block Gorsuch.

Delaware Senator Chris Koons put his party over the top,

saying he won't prevent a filibuster.

Unless we are able, as a body, to finally sit down and find

a way to avoid the nuclear option

and ensure the process to fill the next vacancy on the Court

is not a narrowly partisan process.

The next vacancy President Trump fills

will likely tip the balance of the Court

to the conservative side.

For some Democrats, resistance to Gorsuch

is payback for Republicans not holding a hearing last year

on President Obama's 11th hour nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.

I think it's obvious that the Senate is not

a healthy institution.

But there is mounting pressure to avoid the nuclear option.

Some Republicans fear the fallout could be irreparable

and urged McConnell to preserve the 60 vote rule.

It's a heavy decision for Republicans,

who desperately want to put Gorsuch on the Court.

We're headed to a world where you

don't need one person from the other side to pick a judge.

And what does that mean?

That means that judges are going to be

more ideological, not less.

It means that every Senate seat is

going to be a referendum on the Supreme Court.

Senators are set to square off on Friday

to determine if Gorsuch gets a black robe or Trump has

to find another nominee.

Jennifer Wishon, CBN News, the White House.

Thanks, Jennifer.

Well, there is no question that the Republicans are not

going to cave on this one.

If they do, they can forget being in Congress ever again.

This is something that the base is just rabid about,

because they have seen the Supreme Court take authority

over so many aspects of their lives.

Areas that used to be reserved to the church, reserved

to the home, reserved to the family

are now part of the Democrat agenda

that is being launched through the instrumentality

of the federal courts, and people want to change that.

So this is number one, but then you've

got Bill Pryor down there in Alabama.

He looks like he'd be second in line.

They've got a couple of other judges-- outstanding judges--

at the federal appeals court level.

So once this rule goes in, it will stay in place.

And I think as Lindsay Graham may have pointed out,

there won't be another filibuster.

This will be the last filibuster.

You know, years ago, folks, my father was in the Senate.

And he was part of the Southerners

who were filibustering the Lyndon Johnson civil rights


And in those days, in order to maintain a filibuster,

you had to stay on the floor.

You couldn't give up the floor.

If you gave it up, you lost.

And so they stayed up all night long,

and they had various ways of taking

care of their bodily functions, and they just kept on talking.

And they would read from the congressional [INAUDIBLE].

They'd read from the Bible.

They'd read from whatever.

They'd go on and on and on and on.

And so the work of the Senate could not

go forward as long as that filibuster was in place.

Then they had what they called cloture, which said,

we're going to stop this talk, and we're

going to shut it down.

But in order to have cloture under the rules,

you need 60 votes.

So that's how the Democrats have been able, with this minority,

to block whatever the majority wants.

Now, Harry Reid put in the so-called nuclear option,

which said, OK, no, we don't need 60 votes.

We'll have 51 votes.

We'll invoke cloture.

We can stop a filibuster by the Republicans,

and, therefore, we can jam in a whole lot of circuit court

nominees for the DC circuit.

That was the game.

So, OK.

But they left it open for Supreme Court judges.

And as has been said, there has never

been a filibuster of a United States Supreme Court nominee.

Never, never, never.

[INAUDIBLE] was a different person.

He was doing some bad things under Lyndon Johnson,

but he was already on the court.

But they were talking about him as Chief Judge.

But this is a matter now that, once it's done,

the minority loses its power.

And, of course, that's what's going to happen.

So we want to see that.

So takes a lot of prayer on this one, folks.

I would recommend strongly that you pray,

because so much is at stake.

Not only maintaining the balance that was there

before Antonin Scalia's untimely death,

but there will be two or three more judges waiting

in the wings who've been vetted by the Federalist Society,

strong constitutionalists.

Once they're in, the whole tenor of the United States judiciary

will shift, and it will do so probably for 20, 30 years.

Major, major shift in our policy, and it is so crucial.


So much for that.

Now, in basketball, you know, they

say it was a game of tweets, that the officials were just

doing a lousy job, and they blew the whistle

every time anybody got the ball, there was another penalty.

But, anyhow, North Carolina is the king of college basketball.

The Tarheels beat Gonzaga in a nail biter last night.

By doing so, they avenged last year's heartbreaking loss

in the NCAA championship game.

Our sports reporter Sean Brown has that story from Arizona.

Hello, and welcome to University of Phoenix Stadium

here in Glendale for CBN's coverage of the 2017 men's

Final Four, where for the North Carolina Tarheels

have captured their sixth NCAA national championship

in school history.

And what a game it was.

It's a classic tale of David versus Goliath.

On the one hand, you have Gonzaga,

a small Christian school out of Spokane,

Washington, who has never made it this far in the tournament,

going up against North Carolina, a basketball powerhouse

with multiple championships.

But the Zags held their own up until the last minute.

The Tarheels appeared to come out strong and aggressive

with this dunk by Theo Pinson.

Then here's big Kennedy Meeks for the jumper,

followed by Joel Berry for three.

But the Bulldogs made a statement with this dunk

by Zach Collins and this three by Josh Perkins.

Gonzaga leads the half, up by three.

Second half.

The Tarheels come out strong again with this dunk

by Kennedy Meeks.

But the Bulldogs weren't going away that easy.

Here's Jordan Matthews for three.

Then, with 13:14 left, Isaiah Hicks

nails this jumper, followed by another three by Joel Berry.

47, 45, Heels.

Later in the half, Jonathan Williams

tries to close the gap with a three of his own,

followed by another by Nigel Williams Goss.

But here comes Joel Berry again with the three.

Then after this block by Kennedy Meeks,

Joel Berry finds Justin Jackson down court, who throws it down.

Then, with seven seconds left in the game,

Joel Berry goes to the line.

He misses the first, makes the second,

and the North Carolina Tarheels are national champs.

Oh, man.

It's unbelievable.

We had, like, six or seven guys this morning getting

a little Bible study and just have just a quiet time, just

to be able to take it all in and just

keep the mindset on the Lord above,

and that was the most important thing.

And no matter the outcome, we knew He was going to be there,

and He's going to have our backs.

And we just went out there and wanted to play for Him.

And it felt like we did that tonight.

And, luckily, He blessed us, so that was a great feeling.

Once that ball went up, I got the rebound, I said--

I can't even explain it, what happened.

Not a lot of people get second chances.

You know, this is our second chance,

and I feel like that lit the fire up in us,

and we just came out, you know, and just wanted this.

For me, I always know God has a plan for me, you know,

whether it's to lose in this game again or to win tonight.

So, for me, I put all my decisions based on that.

So for me, I felt like God was calling me to come back here.

I knew I had a great group of guys back here.

I knew we had a chance to come back and do some huge things.

And, you know, God is good all the time, you know?

All the time, God is good.

So at the end of the day, I can't

do anything but praise Him and thank Him for the abilities

that He gave me and the abilities

that He gave this team.

God is good all the time.

Don't you love it when men who are

at the top of their game, beautiful athletes,

the national champions of college basketball,

and that team praising the Lord?

We got a Bible study before the game or during the game

or after the game, whatever it was.

And they are praising Jesus.

Isn't that great?

You know, aren't you glad to see that?


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