On the Radar
As North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong Un continues to escalate the rhetoric of war-- and has even moved a missile to the east coast of the country-- the top U.S. commander in South Korea says the threats are being taken seriously and his troops stand ready to fight if necessary.
“If they [North Korea] decided to, you know, resume hostilities, I think we've got to be ready to go,” Gen. James Thurman tells On the Radar from the Demilitarized Zone along the border between North and South Korea. “Readiness is number one. If you ask every one of these soldiers that are out here, it's about fighting tonight. It’s not a bumper sticker; it’s we've got to be able to do that."
Thurman says that while it's hard to know for sure what Kim Jong Un's intentions are, he emphasizes that the young leader's "reckless" behavior will not be rewarded.
“He’s trying to intimidate the South Koreans and intimidate the region, and we're not gonna let that happen,” says Thurman.
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