Video: TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie sits down with President Obama to talk about some of the major stories making headlines recently, including whether Congress will pass new gun legislation, our tense relations with North Korea, and compromising with Republicans over the budget.
“Based on our current intelligence assessments we do not think that they have that capacity,” Obama told Savannah Guthrie. However, North Korea’s history of consistently erratic behavior has forced the Pentagon to take all necessary precautions.
“We have to make sure that we are dealing with every contingency out there. And that’s why I’ve repositioned missile defense systems to guard against any miscalculation on their part,” he said in a wide-ranging interview. The first part of the discussion aired Tuesday.
“Right now, we think that it would take over a year or so for Iran to actually develop a nuclear weapon, but obviously we don’t want to cut it too close, and what we’re going to be doing is to continue to engage internationally with Iran,” Obama said, adding that his communication with Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu on the topic is ongoing.
“So, what I’m consulting (on) with Bibi as I have over the last several years on this issue, my message to him is the same as before: If we can resolve it diplomatically, that’s a more lasting solution, but if not I continue to keep all options on the table,” Obama said.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – North Korea on Thursday vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a scheduled vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.
An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said the North will exercise its right for “a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors” because Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against the North.
Although North Korea boasts of nuclear bombs and preemptive strikes, it is not thought to have mastered the ability to produce a warhead small enough to put on a missile capable of reaching the U.S. It is believed to have enough nuclear fuel, however, for several crude nuclear devices.
It’s worrying but does this mean they can drop a nuclear weapon on Los Angeles? Absolutely not. The notion that they are going to target the U.S. is way off the mark.
Any time the North Koreans stage a test, it significantly improves their nuclear capabilities. This comes after they staged a rocket launch that was successful, a long range rocket which appears to have put a satellite into orbit. What they need to achieve to have the weapon they want is the capability to miniaturize a warhead and put it on a rocket. This test isn’t going to do that in and of itself, but it is a significant step forward.FULL ARTICLE
Is Iran insane? We are committed to the defense of Israel! We were the first country to have the bomb. We ended World War II by dropping an atomic bomb on Japan. We still are the greatest, most powerful military in history! We like our status. Should Iran drop a nuclear bomb on Israel, we wouldn’t hesitate to drop a bomb on Iran. Iran should know this? Why are they being so bellicose? Is it all an exercise of hate? That part of the world has been fighting for five thousand years. And, it won’t stop until Jesus’sSecond Coming. As a Christian, I say that Jesus told us to look for the signs of His Second Coming. Jesus told us what to look for in The New Testament. I have been told by Jack Van Impe, an impressive Biblical scholar, who has a religious program on Sunday morning, that the final battle will be brought about by combined forces from Iran, Russia and China. They will attack Israel. Jesus will come to earth as He said He would. Father in Heaven, I long for that day!
God send His precious Son, Jesus, to die for our sins and reconcile man to Him. Nailed to a cross, Jesus accomplished His mission. Before He died, Jesus said, “Spread the Good News.” “Look for signs of my Second Coming.” “I will come again!”
Definition of ARMAGEDDON
1a: the site or time of a final and conclusive battle between the forces of good and evil
“A team of nuclear inspectors from the U.N. watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency landed in Iran Sunday over allegations that the country was trying to develop nuclear weapons. The IAEA said the six-member team, which includes chief inspector Herman Nackaerts, will be there until Tuesday. Such a mission by a senior team is unusual, pointing to the seriousness of the concerns. The agency said in November that it could not verify whether the Iranian nuclear program was peaceful.” [THE DAILY BEAST]