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News on The 700 Club: September 18, 2017

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Welcome to the 700 Club.

Top officials of the Trump administration

are warning North Korea, your time is running short.

The United States may be forced to launch

a military strike against the North's nuclear program.

The threat of a North Korean nuclear attack

is growing after the regime launched.

Another missile Friday.

Now the US is getting ready to play hardball.

Jenna Browder brings us the story from Washington.

As tensions continue to rise with North Korea,

the Trump administration says the United States

is ready to defend itself and its allies

with military action.

We've pretty much exhausted all the things

that we could do at the Security Council at this point.


to the United Nations, Nikki Haley,

making it clear over the weekend the US isn't backing down

from its threat of using the military if necessary,

saying she'd be glad to hand over the situation

to the Secretary of Defense.

I'm perfectly happy kicking this over

to General Mattis, because he has plenty of military options.


as world leaders, including President Trump

head to New York for the annual General Assembly.

On Friday, North Korea launched a missile over Japan

into the Pacific Ocean, defying new UN sanctions

banning some of its key exports and capping

its imports of crude oil.

It is a new day at the UN--

JENNA BROWDER (VOICEOVER): Asked about the President's statement

that the US could respond to North Korea with,

quote, "Fire and fury," Haley says it

was not an empty threat.

If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior,

if the United States has to defend itself or defend

its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed.

And we all know that, and none of us want that.

None of us want war.

JENNA BROWDER (VOICEOVER): National Security Advisor H.R.

McMaster says it's time to stop kicking the can down the road,

because the US is running out of road.

This regime is so close now to threatening the United

States and others with a nuclear weapon, that we really

have to move with a great deal of urgency on sanctions,

on diplomacy, and on preparing, if necessary,

a military option.

To add to the tension, there are now

reports North Korea is developing a nuclear submarine.

The Washington Times quotes a Japanese newspaper,

saying the vessel could be used to launch a ballistic missile

into international waters.

In Washington, Jenna Browder, CBN News.

Our national security correspondent Erik Rosales

is with us now from Washington.

Erik, there's several top officials

talking about military action.

How serious do you think they are?

Oh, I tell you what, Pat we, are very, very serious.

As you heard from McMaster's there, time is of the essence.

We have to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

And actually, as President Trump said, anything short of that

is unacceptable.

Top White House administrators that I spoke with actually

said that this week is going to be a very key issue.

The President is going down to the UN and whether or not,

they're going to be going down there with a very

sobering type of reaction.

And it's going to be interesting to see

what's the reaction going to be from both China and Russia.

That's going to be the telltale sign.

I tell you what, this really needs to take place,

and we are very, very close to military action.

Erik, you ask yourself what is going on in Kim Jong-un's mind?

He knows, he must know, we have enough firepower

to literally destroy that country.

I mean, we could destroy them.

Not only could we drop a nuke on them,

we could come it with Tomahawk missiles.

We could take out all of his military,

and take his family out.

Why do you think that man keeps doing what he's doing?

You know, Pat, he's a madman.

There's no other way to say it.

He's like a little boy in a big boy's world.

He wants to be able to be sitting at the main table

and get his food and get all of his stuff.

But at the same time, he's playing with his own people


He's starving his own people just

to continue this military training, to continue

these military missile tests.

With the sanctions that are already taking place,

we're already starting to see longer gas lines.

It's going to be interesting to see how much further he's

going to take this and whether or not

the US is going to have to go ahead and go in and take care

of business.

And the US will be taking care of business.

As you heard from US officials, there's only so much road,

and he is at that point where we have to react.

Well, is the US still going to try

to pressure North Korea financially along

with the Chinese banks and businesses?

That's going to be the main goal right there,

the Chinese banks.

We're talking about Chinese trade with the United States.

Chinese trade in 2006 was $648 billion.

China has the largest imported goods supplier

to the United States, and the third largest goods export


So, going after the Chinese banks,

that's going to be the main difference, there.

We've already cut off many of the oil and crude oil

and things like that that's heading on into the country.

Now we need to go after him financially.

But again, North Korea gets a lot of their money

from their drug industry and also

from their sales of weapons.

So we have to wait and see on what's going to happen next.

Erik, I will speculate a little bit

as we get into this program, but if there

is a strike, how do you think, what form would it take?

Oh, it's going to be a very quick and multi-dimensional


It's going to take place not only

from the sea with Tomahawk missiles

and many of our destroyers there.

But we're also going to hit them from the air as well.

We have the B-2 bombers that have been practicing right

now with the South Koreans, but we also

have our B-22s, our B-35s, and then

also Japan's going to get involved as well

with their F-15s and F-16s.

And I'm also hearing from Pentagon sources

that we're going to be seeing unmanned aircraft possibly

dropping bombs directly on the palace itself.

Because that's going to be his only form of protection

is those walls within the palace,

but we are literally going to destroy that palace.

Well, Eric Rosales, thank you very much.

We'll continue to watch it.

It's a dangerous situation and what

could be done to South Korea if the North begins

to launch weapons against them?

But again with that they have Tomahawk missiles

to take out those artillery batteries that

are in North Korea aimed at the south.

But I tell you, it's going to be a horrible thing.

I was there in Korea.

I have been in North Korea.

I was stationed there with the Marines.

I'm aware of what's up there, and the thing

that is so horrible is what they've done to their people.

They've literally systematically starved their people,

they've tortured their people.

The people have suffered unbelievable hardships because

of the madman, this Kim regime, this Kim Il-sung and then

the successors.

What they've done in that country is just barbaric,

but who knows who will suffer, though, if we hit them hard?

And I don't suppose that even nuclear weapons

are off the table.

So, what will it be like?

What will we do?

And how will we be regarded in the rest of Asia if we do it?

Pat, let me ask you this.

Yeah, go ahead.

Who would come to North Korea's defense?

Do they have any allies in this war?

Well, when I was there, the Chinese came to their defense.

But here again we were going across the Yalu

And that was the border, the little river that

was running between Korea and China,

and the Chinese perceived this as a threat.

I think at this point they'll know

we're not about to invade them and so that they

may leave the Koreans alone.

They may say, tough luck.

You brought it on yourself, and it's too bad.

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking, too.

So, it doesn't make sense.

It doesn't make sense to--

But you know they fired, Truman fired MacArthur.

MacArthur wanted to go into the Yalu

and seal off the Korean peninsula,

and Truman fired him because of that.

Because he thought that MacArthur

might engage us in a war with China.

Folks, it is a mess.

War is horrible, and you never know where

it will lead what we start it.

But at the same time, when you have a rogue

the police have to act to keep the rogue, to keep the bandit,

to keep the gangster, from hurting innocent people.

So, Kim is bringing it on himself

and I just don't understand what's the matter with him.

Well, in other news, a defender of the Christian faith

has died at a very young age.

John Jessup has that.

That's right, Pat.

Former Muslim turned Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi

passed away Saturday after a year long battle with stomach


He was 34 years old.

Qureshi was born and raised in the United States

to a devout Pakistani Muslim family.

By the time he was five, he had already read

through the entire Quran and could recite several chapters

by memory.

Eventually, after discussions with a fellow college student

who was a Christian, and having prophetic dreams

and studying the Bible he turned to Christ.

He earned several degrees and Christian apologetics

and became a renowned evangelist through Ravi Zacharias

Ministries, writing three books and appearing with us here

on the 700 Club.

Last year, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form

of stomach cancer.

Although the cancer took away his life,

Qureshi he told CBN his message of God's love, he hoped,

would live on through Jesus Christ.

As you consider my ministry, I hope

it leaves a legacy of love, of peace, of truth,

of caring for one another.

That's my hope and my purpose behind this.

Qureshi leaves behind a wife and young daughter.

And Pat, no doubt his legacy will live on.

I want to talk to Wendy you interviewed him

on this program.

It was just about a year ago, and he

looked perfectly healthy.

I think he just had a new book out.

He was full of life, and this thing just happened so suddenly


Does said, you know why or what kind of cancer he had?

Just stomach--

PAT ROBERTSON: Your stomach cancer.

--a very aggressive form of stomach cancer that just would

not quit.

And he remained full of faith right up to the end.

We just send our prayers out to his beautiful wife and daughter

and all those who love him and are going to miss him.

He was a great warrior for the faith.

He was indeed.

But anyhow.

ladies and gentlemen, as you probably

have been hearing in the news, more hurricanes are on the way,

and John's got that report.

That's right, Pat.

The hurricanes are building up strength in the Atlantic.

Hurricane Maria is bearing down on the Caribbean.

It's on course to pass close to several islands devastated

by Irma in the coming days, including Barbuda and St.


Then it's expected to head for Puerto Rico, the Dominican

Republic, and Haiti.

Forecasters expect it to grow into a dangerous Category 4


And hurricane Jose could hit the US east coast

in the mid-Atlantic through the north with heavy winds

and rain.

CBN's Operation Blessing, meanwhile,

is still at work helping victims of hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

The ministry has helped people in more than 28 cities

in Texas and Florida with relief supplies like food and water

and volunteers to help clean up the damage.

They also bring spiritual aid and comfort to the victims.

So far, Operation Blessing has mobilized more than 5,000

volunteers in Texas alone.

And Pat, I was just in Texas and I can tell you

the people there are appreciative beyond words

when they see the Operation Blessing caravan roll in.

Well, it's a message of hope.

It's like a big flag that says, we love you

and we are with you.

And to say the least Operation Blessing needs your help.

Small contributions, big contributions, whatever.

So, we appreciate that.

The telephone number, by the way is 1-800-700-7000, or,

or you can just remember Operation Blessing.

It's hurricane relief.

We're helping people in Texas and helping people in Florida,

and geared up to the next one.

We want to have enough fuel in the tank,

if I can use that term, to keep going.

Because we have to bring food to those people.

We're probably the most efficient organizers

of volunteers in the nation.

When we're in charge, the volunteers are working,

they're working hard, they're working effectively,

and they're bringing a tremendous amount of assistance

to those victims of those storms.

They really are, Pat, and they can do it with so much joy,


I've been with them.



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