The North Korean Threat

ABC News' Martha Raddatz reports on dangerous signs from North Korea.
4:31 | 03/31/13

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Good morning and welcome to "this week." On this first easter sunday for pope francis, we talk with one of the cardinals who chose him. New york's timothy dolan on what the new pope means for catholics here in america. And our panel of scholars and pastors discuss religion's place in the public square, does it help or hinder the search for common ground? Our powerhouse roundtable takes on all the week's politics. Including the supreme court's struggle with marriage equality. This sort of skim milk marriage. Where did it become unconstitutional to excludes homosexual couples from marriage? And north korea declares a state of war. How real is the threat? Abc's martha raddatz reports live from the front lines. Hello, again. Best wishes to all of you celebrating this easter and passover season. It's a tense one in asia, where north korea stepped up its provocations by declaring a state of war against south korea this weekend. Let's go right to chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz for the latest on where all of this fiery rhetoric is heading. Good morning, martha. Reporter: Good morning, george. There's a real sense of unease here in seoul tonight. They have heard rhetoric from north korea before. But nothing like this. This is different. This is a new leader, a young leader, no one knows how he'll react. And this time, the u.S. And south korea are really pushing back. We had those b-2 stealth bombers last week make a round-trip from missouri and drop inert bombs in an exercise here, that has got people here on edge, what the u.S. Was trying to do and what message they were trying to send. They also have said that we have a range of options to counter the provocations and threats. There's always room for misjudgment, miscalculation here. Martha, is there any contact at all between officials in washington and top north korean officials? Reporter: Well, there is certainly diplomatic channels that the u.S. Can go through and they're giving a very strong message through those diplomatic channels to other people in the regime -- in the north korean regime -- to step back and stand down. But we, again, don't know how far kim jong-un will push. Okay, martha, thanks very much. Let's give more on this mpw from congressman peter king and you have seen intelligence. You can't divulge all of the intelligence. But north korea has been talking about reaching the united states with missiles, is that an empty threat? It isn't an empty threat. I wouldn't be concerned of them hitting the mainland. I think the real threat is to what north korea might be boxing itself into. Kim jong-un's trying to establish himself, tryinto be the tough guy, he's 28, 29 years old. And he keeps going further and further out. My concern would be, is that he may launch some sort of attack on south korea or in the pacific. Then the president of korea, the new president is much more new president is much more pro-westerner than her predecessor. And, so, she may respond against north korea, then we end up with -- it just spirals out of control. There are no direct contacts between the white house and the north korean leadership. We saw dennis rodman a couple of weeks ago, that kim jong-un wants a phone call from president obama. Any sense to have direct talks with knot korea? I don't believe so. I don't see any purpose in that. This isn't a government. An organized crime family running a territory. They are brutal. He is brutal. His father is brutal. His grandfather is brutal. I don't see any purpose at all in doing that. To me it would serve no

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