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Cause for Alarm? Agitated North Korea Plans Mid-August Strike on US Territory

Cause for Alarm? Agitated North Korea Plans Mid-August Strike on US Territory Read Transcript

Well, with us now, from Washington,

is our CBN News National Correspondent Erik Rosales.

And Erik, what are you hearing from the Pentagon,

from the top brass about this whole threat?

Well, Pat, the last thing that any Pentagon official wants

to do is go to war, but they did say--

I did get off the phone just a few minutes ago with PACOM,

and they told me that they are very

confident and ready to carry out any mission

that the President of the United States wants them to carry out.

I did also find out, from several sources

of mine at the Pentagon, that if a strategic attack would

actually take place, a preemptive strike,

it would involve B-1B bombers that would take off from Guam.

We've seen B-1B bombers practicing with the Japanese,

even flying over into the Chinese airspace and things

like that.

They've been practicing right there

in the Pacific region, just to make

sure that something like this, that they

are ready and confident to carry out.

Well, the "Washington Post" broke the story

that the Koreans have been able to miniaturize nuclear bombs,

set them on the head of a missile.

What have you learned further about their progress in that?

Well, I'll tell you what, Pat, this is a major threshold.

That's what people have to realize,

that this is a major threshold in order to become

a full-fledged nuclear power.

Now, we're hearing that, through intelligence reports,

that North Korea has up to about 60 of these nuclear missiles.

And it's still unclear if they've

been able to master the re-entry of these vehicles

into the atmosphere to be able to bring

them down and strategically bring them

down in specific areas.

So that is still unclear, but I tell you

what, they've been working on this technology

since the 1990s.

So they've had a lot of time.

Like we've said, a number of people

have said, experts have said that this was something

that we should've taken care of 20 to 25 years ago,

when they were just starting this nuclear program.

What about a hydrogen bomb?

Do they have too, do you think?

You say about 60 of the others, are any of them hydrogen?

Yes, they are, sir.


We have heard that they are working on a hydrogen bomb.

Which of course, the impact of this

is, if a hydrogen bomb actually hit, let's take,

New York City, the death toll would

be about 3.4 million people.

So this is an enormous amount of power.

Again, we don't know, as of yet--

intelligence reports are actually

stating and sources of mine just don't know yet--

if they've been able to strategically

work on the re-entry of these vehicles through the atmosphere

and be able to hit a specific target.

Whether or not they just actually set off

this hydrogen bomb and drop it, that would be another issue.

But of course, our THAAD system would, in fact,

take care of most of these.

The biggest thing is that we just don't actually

know exactly where all the missiles are in North Korea.

Intelligence reports actually state

that they have strategic areas where they would target,

if the B-1B bombers would actually come over and strike.

But at the same time, all they need

is just one or two to get through the THAAD system

and make its way to the US mainland.

Lindsey Graham, senator, was quoted

as saying he didn't think the president is bluffing.

Is that the word you got, that he's

deadly serious about taking action?

Yes, sir.

Actually, what happened was Lindsey Graham

and the president did have a meeting, a private meeting.

And Lindsey Graham did share that,

during that private meeting, the president

gave him two options that we would actually

strike North Korea.

One of which being that, if they actually did

hit Guam or any of our US allies.

The second, if they continue to develop an ICBM missile.

And as we heard from the minister of defense,

who was just in the Philippines, in Manila,

he actually said that, for North Korea,

actually said that making the bombs and making ICBMs

is off the table.

In other words, that is something

that they will not negotiate.

So that is exactly what Lindsey Graham

said, that the President is, in fact, very serious about taking

care of this issue right now.

Last question, Erik, you have an option--

50-50, 60-40, 20-30, so forth.

What are the odds, from the people you were talking to,

that there actually might be a war?

I'm hearing everything from 50-50 to 60-40 that there will

be a war, as of right now.

We're hearing that this is like a kid with a can.

This issue has just been kicked along after administration,

after administration, and it's now up to President Donald

Trump to take care of this issue, and as he said before,

he is willing and able to do so.

God bless you.

Keep it up, buddy.

Good bless you too, Pat.

Thank you.


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