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Gingrich: Cyber Attacks Can Take Out North Korea's Missiles

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 01:45 PM

President Donald Trump refused to say whether the U.S. sabotaged a North Korean missile launch over the weekend, but former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that "apparently we have a cyber attack underway."

"The president wisely didn't comment," Gingrich told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" anchor Bill Hemmer. "We may have blown up their last missile. If they want to launch one missile a week that we blow up, you don't have to shoot it out with rounds."

Instead, he said, "we might take it out with cyber devices that talk to the missile and tell it to do something different, like blow up, fall into the ground, or whatever. They can have failed missile tests forever if they want to waste their money doing that, as long as we can keep making them fail."

Gingrich said he does believe that Trump is proceeding correctly, and that he has "moved the Chinese" toward putting pressure on North Korea.

"Their visit at Mar-a-Lago moved the Chinese dramatically," said Gingrich, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping's talks with the president.

"They've cut down on the amount of coal they're buying from North Korea and replaced it with American coal," Gingrich said. "The Chinese moved 125,000 troops to the border, and I think that the North Koreans have to feel increasingly isolated."

Care must be taken when dealing with a country like North Korea that may have nuclear weapons, he continued.

"You want to increase the pressure, you want to be prepared to fight if you have to, but I wouldn't do anything [to] advertise at this point," said Gingrich, but instead, he'd keep "squeezing him [North Korean President Kim Jong Un] harder and harder."

"As long as the Chinese are willing to continue to squeeze him, he will get weaker," Gingrich said. "At some point, things will break."

Ideally, there would be "some kind of military coup" or the Kim regime could be replaced, but "you don't want to do it militarily," said Gingrich. "They have a lot of rockets near Seoul. It would be dangerous."

The next move where North Korea is concerned is both up to the Chinese and to the United States, Gingrich continued.

"The Chinese have to prove to Trump they're increasing the pressure on North Korea," he told Hemmer. "I think we'll probably start moving anti-missile defenses into [South] Korea in a very big way. The Japanese will build up their anti-missile defenses and take steps to squeeze North Korea and make it less and less relevant."

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President Donald Trump refused to say whether the U.S. sabotaged a North Korean missile launch over the weekend, but former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that "apparently we have a cyber attack underway." "The president wisely didn't comment," Gingrich told Fox News'...
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