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>> Here with martinet, retired four-star general jack Keane, chairman of the institute for the study of war and a Fox News military analyst. Good to have you heard tonight.
>> Glad to be here.
>> Martha: You heard the conversation, we saw the pictures, and the voice of vice president pence. He is just the latest of several of our top officials, including military officials, to visit South Korea. How is the structure around this issue developing and changing in the Trump Administration?
KEANE: They recognize that this is probably their most dangerous threat they are facing. What is different about this, North Korea has had nuclear weapons for 20, 25 years. That is certainly not the issue. Multiple administrations have never done anything about that. I don’t think this administration will do. What’s truly happening here is this irrational, unpredictable leader, as we accurately described him, is rushing towards a ballistic missile capability. You talk about strategic patience, he has strategic impatience. That is what has got our attention. He wants to weaponize those ballistic missiles that could range our U.S. Bases and our allies, as he has advertised on more than one occasion, actually developed an intercontinental ballistic missile, which could range the United States itself. The fact is that he is developing this ballistic technology at a very accelerated pace and that has got our attention coupled with the rhetoric that he would actually use it. Yes, this administration has faced its full square for what it really is. One of my problems with President Obama, for eight years, he had a tendency to minimize the actual threat and exaggerate our performance against the threats in the world. I think they purposely minimize this North Korean threat.
>> Martha: About 25, 26 million people in North Korea. You look at these pro rata videos and we see the images of the people in the streets, praising their dear leader. All of this fabricated, in some cases, or maybe it is true, maybe everyone believes everything that is expressed on their face when they look at this leader. But jack, what can you tell us about these people? We have seen in the past that the power of the people can be very instrumental in turning a new leaf in these situations. Is there any potential for that a North Korea?
>> Very little potential. This is and intimidated population. The population doesn’t eat food properly. Their body makeup is different than the people in the south. They are shorter, they don’t have as large a frame, they are not healthy. No, that is not going to happen. What we’re doing now, with the Trump Administration has said, we all rely on China to do what they have never done before. Almost 25 years. All of political economic, democratic options with China failed. I do believe that President Trump did get president jinping on this issue. I know for a fact, president XI called after a follow-up to the Mar-a-Lago meetings that took place on the weekend, and indicated he is willing to work towards Dean Oakley rising North Korea. He’ll start with economic sanctions. This will take some time to play out. This is a move in the right direction. He is another option that he will never talk about. That is to assassinate Kim Jong il and create a military coup or some kind of coup, another leader who is more responsible. Whether that is possible or not, given the dimensions of North Korea and China, I can’t see from this vantage point. For sure, publicly, he is going to move in a direction that none of his private wow predecessors have moved in. That is to begin to economically sanction North Korea to get their attention. 85 to 90% of everything that happens in North Korea, from an economic perspective, come through China. We have to applaud that effort. It will take some time. Meanwhile, we know what North Korea will be doing. They will probably blow up the nuclear test, they will keep missile developing and testing those muscles. Thankfully, I do believe we are interdicting those missiles as we have just seen this weekend. About 50% of those muscles that they test have in fact failed.
>> Martha: Maybe those tests are tests for us of swell, in terms of our ability to take them out. The reason they don’t talk about assassination from the White House is because it’s against U.S. International policy to do that. We’ll see. General jack Keane, thank you, sir. I was happy with us.
>> It wouldn’t be our assassination. It will be the Chinese.
>> Martha: I understand. Thank you very much.