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Entries in north korea (20)

Wednesday
Nov292017

[KARE 11 TV] November 28th: Jack Talks Latest North Korean ICBM Launch

I appear on Kare 11 Minneapolis with John Croman.  The North Koreans have just launched their latest ICBM.  We haven't seen anything for several months and here comes another.  The U.S. just put them back on the list of State sponsors of terror.  As a result of the this latest test, rhetoic continues to heat up on both sides.  The only one seemingly calling for calm is the South Koreans.  Frankly it makes the most sense considering if the world lights on fire, South Korea is the likeliest to burn first.

This will be a tough conversation on a topic with very few easy answers.  Hope you can catch it. 

Tuesday
Nov212017

[KOA Denver] November 21st: Jack Talks North Korean Terrorism Sponsor Designation

I appear on KOA Denver on November 22nd.  The President made a decision to put North Korea back on the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.  They join Sudan and Iran.  What's interesting about this is whether or not it will make any difference at all. This could impact more trade internationally and with the Chinese specifically and isolate the North Koreans even more. The fear is that this could push the North Koreans to make catastrophic decisions when it would not be necessary. And a catastrophic decision could result in hundreds of thousands of deaths so this is a massive issue to be considered.

This hsould be an interesting conversation.

Monday
Nov202017

[I24 International] November 20th: Jack Talks N. Korea Receives Sponsor of Terror Designation 

Tuesday
Sep262017

[KOA Denver] September 26th: Jack Talks North Korea and the Inevitable

I appear on KOA Denver on September 26th. The rhetoric between the United States and the North Koreans continues to ramp up. So do the provocations. The North Koreans continue to fire missiles, conduct tests, and make ugly videos. President Trump continues to promise destruction and fly U.S. bombers off the coast of the North Korean coast.

The problem is, at this level, one side or the other could easily make a mistake and that is all it would take.  Its all well and good to pound your chest and talk tough but if somebody, anybody pushes a button, hundreds of thousands, maybe millions could die. 

And the rhetoric continues.

Thursday
Sep072017

[I24 International News] September 6th: Jack Talks Iran and Preemptive Strikes

I appear on I24 International News on September 6th. Today is the 10th Anniversary of the Israelis bombing a nuclear facility in Syria.  Fast forward 10 years and contemplate what might have happened if they hadn't?Subsequent intelligence concluded thew Israelis hit a facility designed to create plutonium for weapons and apparently the Syrians were receiving help from the North Koreans.  Further, imagine, what the Syrians might have done to their own people with these weapons?  As horrifyingly, contemplate ISIS being able to acquire the weapons?

This brings us to the present day and this highlights the question of what should be done with North Korea or even Iran.  This promises to be a spirited debate as I understand I am going to be debating an Israeli Likud party member who believes in preemptive strikes and that Iran should be the next target.

I disagree.

Prepare for the fight.  This is going to get interesting as its all well as good to talk tough about war and death when you've never seen it.  I, sadly, have and I don't wish it upon anybody.

Tuesday
Sep052017

[RTTV Washington DC] September 5th: Jack Talks North Korea's Hydrogen Bomb

Sunday
Sep032017

[Press TV Tehran] August 3rd: Jack Talks North Korean Hydrogen Bomb

I appear on Press TV Iran on August 3rd. The North Koreans just tested another nuclear bomb and not just any nuclear bomb, a hydrogen bomb.  They have never tested anything this powerful. Further, they stated they have the technology to place a nuclear device on a missile. If this is the case, the ramifications could truly be catastrophic.

The Americans are responding and absolutely threatening the North Koreans and the United Nations Security Counsel is meeting tomorrow to talk about possible options. One possibility the Americans are discussing is sanctions where they stop trading with anybody who trades with the North Koreans. This is designed to hit one and only one country really, the Chinese. This was serious before but each day, the world continues to step a little closer to something truly and honestly deadly.

While this may be hard to find in the west, if you are in Iran or the Middle East, I hope you cam watch.

Tuesday
Aug292017

[I24 International News] August 29th: Jack Talks North Korea's Latest Provocation

I appear on I24 International News on August 29th. The North Koreans have conducted more than a dozen launches of missiles since February. In fact, Kim Jung-Un has conducted more "tests" than his father and grandfather ever did in their entire lives. The latest provation is a particuarly scary one, firing a missile over Japan. While this is scary in itself, it is equally scary out of fear of the response of one Donald Trump. The fear is that this could turn into a proverbial pissing contest. The problem is that millions could potentially die a as a result.  

Obviously, there is a lot to talk about. This will be an interesting conversation as we generally have enough time to do more than just throw out a couple of soundbites.   

Monday
Aug142017

[I24 International News] August 11th: Jack Talks North Korea and Unnecessary Tensions 

I appear on I24 International News on August 11th.  Its true that Kim Jong-Un's behavior is creating tensions that can be felt from the Korean peninsula to China, Japan and the United States. We also know that he has been rattling the cage since he took power from his father, just like his father did, and just like his grandfather did. The only real difference at this very moment is the occupant of the White House. This isn't to say that this isn't dangerous and that technology is making it worse. Rather, Mr. Trump has turned this into a pissing contest. The problem, if I continue this analogy, is that if somebody blinks, everybody gets wet.  Yeah, sorry about that.

This is going to be a tough converation and we will tlk about some of the possible ramifications and what happens if this goes very very wrong. Hope you can watch.  

Thursday
Aug102017

[KOA Denver] August 9th: Jack Talks Growing U.S./North Korean Tensions

I appear o KOA Radio Denver on August 9th: Tensions are spinning widely out of control between the North Koreans and Donald Trump.  I say Donald Trump rather than the Americans very specifically because it is Dona;d Trump who is exacerbating the tensions. Even his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has tried to calm things down and tried to get the North Koreans and the rest of the world to ignore his boss.  It is quite extrardinary on its face.

The problem with the inconsistencies in American foreign policy is that nobody really knows where the Americans stand.  And with growing tensions alongside the Supreme Leader of North Korea hovering over the button, a huge miscalculation could result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.  

Mr. Trump needs to understand that this is not a rally for the faithful in some red state.  If he screws this up, millions could die and it might rightfully be placed in his lap.  I would hope that this would give him pause but I highly doubt it.  

This should be an edgy conversation.