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Jed Babbin: Cyberwarfare Can Help Unravel NKorea Nuke Threat

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By    |   Tuesday, 02 May 2017 04:47 PM

The U.S. must bone up on cyberwar strategies to battle North Korea strongman Kim Jong-un's growing nuclear threats, Jed Babbin, former deputy undersecretary of defense in the George H.W. Bush administration, tells Newsmax TV.

"They're developing [nuclear weapons]. They don't have it right this minute, but they're developing things like submarine launch cruise missiles and submarine launched ballistic missiles," Babbin said Tuesday on "America Talks Live" with Bill Tucker.

"That clearly has its aim delivering those missiles into the United States. So, we have to pay attention, we have to use whatever deterrent forces we have.

"We have to do things like cyberattacks against their missile launches and nuclear tests to the extent we have that capability. If we don't have that capability, we bloody well ought to be developing it."

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Babbin, a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, said he doesn't believe the United States needs to "be scared" of Kim's saber-rattling rhetoric.

"But [they are] going to be a major player in the nuclear game, unless we stop them from doing so," Babbin told Tucker.

"So we've got to take it very seriously and we've got to really pay attention."

Babbin said the United States does have an anti-ballistic missile device called the "terminal high altitude anti-air system" (THAAD) system, which has "enormous capability." But it's not without issues.

"The problem is like with any anti-missile system right now they all rely on launching separate missiles to counter an enemy missile," he said.

"So, if you have 100 defense missiles and the other guy has 101 attacking missiles, you lose. The question is how many do we have, how many do they have, how are we going to be able to stop their attack?

"It's certainly going to blunt their capability, but it's not going to totally eliminate it."

Babbin is co-author of "The BDS War Against Israel: The BDS War Against Israel: The Orwellian Campaign to Destroy Israel Through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement," written with Herbert London and published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

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