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News on The 700 Club: August 10, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," Aug. 10: Trump team warns North Korea in 'flagrant breach' that could bring 'end of its regime'; Cause for alarm? Agitated North Korea plans mid-August strike on US territory, and more. Read Transcript


Welcome to this edition of "The 700 Club."

Federal agents armed with a warrant

broke into the home of Paul Manafort in the early morning

hours to raid him and search documents.

This is a man who is a distinguished

leader in the Republican Party, adviser to presidents.

And you say, what in the world is going on?

Well, Mueller has loaded up his team

with some of the best gunslingers

in the legal profession.

And Trump has got two or three guys, headed, among others,

by our dear friend Jay Sekulow, and somebody

commented it's like going to a knife fight armed

with a stick of butter, because Mueller has really

got the guns.

And you ask, what is he going after?

Why are they having a raid on Paul Manafort's home.

The man was perfectly willing to give them all they asked for.

He wasn't holding anything back.

And yet they want to carry out a search warrant at three,

or four or 5 o'clock in the morning.

Did you feel like when a special counsel is appointed

like that, and actions like that are taken,

it's almost as though something has to be found.

Do you know what I'm saying?

I've got exactly.

They say, if you've got a hammer, everything is a nail,

and you've just got to hit something somewhere.

And if they can't find a scalp to put on the wall,

then they failed.

And this kind of stuff is awful, this fishing expedition.

They start out after one thing.

They're talking about a probe of Russian involvement

in our election.

We've been searching that for well over a year,

and have found virtually nothing.

But now they've got this high powered team.

As I said earlier, I have been head of several organizations.

And I had a vice president in one

of those organizations, who hired a vowed enemy of mine,

and put him in a position where he wouldn't

be any possibility of getting rid of him, what kind of action

would I take?

And what would you take in business?

And yet, the Deputy Attorney General

appointed a counsel without asking

for the president's permission or his boss the attorney


And this guy has apparently given far reaching power.

But where did it come from?

I'm not sure.

I'm not sure that the Justice Department

permits this sort of thing.

And it's supposed to be highly contained,

and it's supposed to be limited to one type of inquiry,

and there needs to be a crime.

But now he's empowering grand juries,

and having search warrants in distinguished Republican's


This is outrageous.

But that's the life we live in.

Well, so far, it's just a war of words.

But the world is hoping the growing tensions

between North Korea and the United States

and other countries won't turn into an actual shooting war.

So far, Kim Jong-un isn't backing down.

The North Koreans said they're working on a plan

to launch intermediate missiles into the waters

around the United States territory of Guam,

even as they lashed out at President Trump.

Mark Martin has that story.

North Korea responded to President Donald Trump's

strong warnings by labeling them quote, "a load of nonsense."

North Korea best not make any more threats

to the United States.

They will be met with fire and fury

like the world has never seen.

The Korean army said sound dialogue is not

possible with such a guy bereft of reason,

and only absolute force can work on him.

The rogue regime has doubled down

on its threat against Guam, warning

it could send four medium to long-range ballistic missiles

over Japan and into the waters around the small island

by the middle of this month.

Guam is home to 7,000 US military men and women,

and has a population of 160,000.

Japan and South Korea said they would react strongly

if Pyongyang carried out the plan.

US allies, like Australia, condemned

North Korea's aggression.

Our collective strategy has not changed.

And that is to bring pressure to bear on North Korea

through diplomatic and economic means,

to force it to change its behavior.

And Defense Secretary James Mattis

also had a strong Warning for North Korea,

saying it should cease any consideration of actions that

would lead to the end of its regime

and the destruction of its people.

Deputy Assistant to President Trump Sebastian Gorka

said on the CBN News program "Faith Nation" on Facebook Live

that it's up to North Korea now to de-escalate the tension.

Right now, when it comes to what North Korea has been doing

in flagrant breach of all international requirements

upon it when it comes to nuclear weapons testing

or ballistic missiles testing, the ball

is in Pyongyang's court.

Secretary Tillerson at the ASEAN meeting

two days ago said, if they stop their ballistic missile

testing, we will know we have an act of good faith.

So right now the message is clear.

This president will take whatever

measures necessary to protect this nation.

It is now up to North Korea to deescalate.

The United States and its allies

have laid out their positions, and the world

is watching to see what North Korea's next moves will be.

Mark Martin, CBN News.

Thanks, Mark.

I was thinking about this whole deal up there.

They say they've got over a million men

under arm, big army.

But they have virtually no Air Force.

And we have overwhelming power in the air.

So with our fighter planes and supersonic bombers,

we could decimate any kind of ground army

and do it very, very quickly.

You've got all these mass formations of Korean soldiers,

and you could just literally wipe them out and kill them.

And yes, they can threaten Seoul.

They've got artillery batteries.

But I think if we had targeted Tomahawk missiles out of Naval

ships off the coast, we could very well take out

most of their artillery.

But anyhow, it could be a bloody mess and we don't want a war.

Nobody wants a war.

But this is what happens, folks.

I was in Korea.

I was in North Korea stationed there during the Korean War.

So I know what I am talking about somewhat.

And I remember Douglas MacArthur,

who was a brilliant general, he said,

we've got to go to the Yellow River

and seal off this peninsula, and then

enforce our will upon them.

And had we done that, the Russians

would not have been able to take a Lieutenant Colonel

and put him in charge of the country.

That's what the first Kim was.

He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Korean army.

And he was installed by the Russians.

But we allowed that to happen because Harry Truman said,

well, let's not engage in a war.

We might have a war with the Russians

or a war with the Chinese.

And so let's not go to the Yellow.

Let's stop where you are at the 38th parallel

and let North Korea flourish.

Well, we've paid the price for it.

That's what happens when civilians intervene,

and where this peace initiative comes from.

If we had been strong at the time, if we had gone forward

boldly, and sealed off the Korean peninsula.

We wouldn't have this trouble today.

But we've got a huge problem now.

When you've got a crazy man armed with nuclear weapons, who

might well be able to hit Denver, San Francisco, Los

Angeles, or maybe even Washington DC,

it's very serious.

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 one 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 [INAUDIBLE],, 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,

along with 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'll tell you what, they've been

working on this technology since the 1990s.

So they've had a lot of time.

Like we said, a number of people have said,

experts have said that this was something

that we should have taken care of 20 to 25 years

ago when they were just starting this nuclear program.

What about a hydrogen bomb?

Do they have that too, do you think?

You say about 60 of the others.

Any of them hydrogen?

Yes, they are, sir.


They are?

So we have heard that they are working on a hydrogen bomb,

which, of course, the impact of this,

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.

Lindsay Graham, senator was quoted

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

Is that the word you got, that he's

deadly serious about taking action?

Yes, sir.

Actually, what happened was Lindsay Graham

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

And Lindsay 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 is 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 Lindsay Graham

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

care of this issue right now.

Oh, 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 they 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.

Erik, God bless you.

Just keep it up, buddy.

God bless you too, Pat.

I tell you, that is frightening.

I was there, but I was there when initially, the North

came running into the South.

The aggression came from the North

It didn't come from the South.

And the allied forces, the American forces,

were woefully unprepared.

And they were pushed all the way into a little perimeter

around what was then called Pusan.

I don't know.

They got different names for it now.

But it was Pusan then, a little perimeter.

And Harry Truman got a resolution

from the United Nations to act against it.

And we began to put troops in there,

and began to break out of that perimeter.

And finally there was that brilliant end

run that MacArthur made to land at Inchon,

a very dangerous landing, and then move on into the North.

And so it was a breakthrough that was so important.

But it looked as if at that time the North, which

it was the aggressor, was going to win the battle

and take over South Korea.

And only our intervention kept them from being overwhelmed.

So here we are again.

And the South is very prosperous,

has got huge enterprises, big corporations,

chaebols as they call them, big corporations,

and lots of money.

And they want some help, and we want to help them.

And we've got troops over there, but they're all vulnerable.

It's going to be a horrible mess if we go to war over there.

Well, in other news, an offer from Hungary

to help a Christian in need.

John Jessup has that.

That is right, Pat.

The government of Hungary has offered asylum

to an Iranian Christian actress facing deportation from Sweden

to Iran.

Aideen Strandsson fled to Sweden after converting from Islam

to Christianity.

But as CBN News reported, she faced imprisonment and death

when Sweden rejected her appeal for asylum,

and threatened to deport her.

She became a Christian after having a dream about Jesus.

She told CBN News her first choice is

to stay in Sweden if possible.

Her Swedish attorney is still attempting to appeal her case.

And, Pat, some observers are saying

that this is a violation of human rights and the Geneva



The right of a person seeking asylum

from clear oppression and certain death

is something that I can't imagine Sweden

doing what they're doing.

The whole thing is incomprehensible

given their history in World War II

of being a haven from refugees from Nazi Germany.

But anyhow, congratulations to Hungary to say we

will take her.

I'm sure other countries would give her sanctuary as well.

But the one thing the Swedes had better not do

is try to hold her and force her to go back to Iran.

And ought to say, OK, we can't keep you here.

But there's a visa over there for you in Hungary.

Go ahead.


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