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[14:00:06] CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, CNN HOST: Tonight, North Korea says it's tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile and the United States
has just confirmed that. President Trump urges China to end this nonsense once and far all.
The former CIA officer Bruce Klingner, one of the very few western officials to meet with North Korean diplomats will be live with us.
And, Italy at the breaking point as it's buckling under an influx of migrants. The country's EU minister Sandro Gozi joins us as he pleads for
others to share the burden.
Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the program, I'm Christiane Amanpour in London.
It is July 4th, independence day in America. One of the most patriotic celebrations. And North Korea chooses this day to stake its claim to
military might that could turn global security on its head.
The regime in Pyongyang says that it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking American soil. It
would be a nightmare turned reality for the Trump administration where national security and military advisers are holding an unplanned crisis
meeting on this holiday.
The latest -- the latest in to CNN is that U.S. military analysts do believe that North Korea's missile was, quote, "a probable two-stage
intercontinental ballistic missile."
One official tells CNN, the president is ready to approve a, quote, "measured response." This could see an increased deployment of U.S.
troops, aircraft and ships to the region.
The test is sending shutters through the Korean Peninsula, as well. And Paula Hancocks has the latest from Seoul.
PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Celebrated as a historic event in North Korea, raising alarm bells among its neighbors
Pyongyang says this was a successful ICBM, an intercontinental ballistic missile.
An excited news anchor spoke of the shining success in a special broadcast on North Korean television. A clearly delighted Kim Jong-un surveyed the
scene. A test launch the North Korea leader had promise since the start of this year.
But concerns in the South, a national security council meeting and a warning from President Moon Jae-in calling on the North not to cross the
bridge of no return, warning of a red line without specifying what that red line was.
China called for restraint from all sides urging North Korea to refrain from violating U.N. Security Council Resolutions.
JASPER KIM, EWHA WOMAN'S UNIVERSITY: As always, with North Korea it's strategic timing. I mean, here, you get a missile test and you get a wide
audience focused on -- supposed to be on the G20 summit about trade and cooperation. Now all these party leaders from around the world are going
to be talking about North Korea, North Korea, North Korea.
HANCOCKS: South Korea's military says it's now working with the U.S. to analyze the data and decide whether it was in fact an ICBM. They admit the
range was longer than the May 14th launch. That test described by experts as the most significant advancement in its nuclear weapons program to date.
An official assessment of this launch are worrying for the U.S.
DAVID WRIGHT, UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS: According to my calculations, they can reach all of Alaska, but they cannot reach the lower 48 states or
the large Hawaiian islands. But they have the ability to reach Alaska.
HANCOCKS: A July 4th celebration for North Korea that the United States does not want.
Paula Hancocks, CNN, Seoul.
AMANPOUR: And of course, as we mentioned, just after Paula filed that report, the United States has officially confirmed that it believes that
was, indeed, an ICBM test.
Now Bruce Klingner of the Conservative Heritage Foundation has spent 20 years analyzing the region for the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
And he recently was part of a small team that held a rare meeting with North Korean diplomats on neutral ground in Sweden.
AMANPOUR: Mr. Klingner, welcome to the program. Thanks for joining me.
BRUCE KLINGNER, CONSERVATIVE HERITAGE FOUNDATION: Thank you for having me.
AMANPOUR: So given that, you know, you've had your meetings with the North Koreans. I'll get you to tell me what they told you about all of this in a
moment, but this is -- this is -- is this the red line that everybody is talking about?
KLINGER: Well, people have defined red lines differently. And some have advocated that there be a military strike to prevent North Korea from
completing development of an ICBM, but that kind of strike would escalate the likelihood or at least the potential of an all-out war on the
[14:05:00] So, you know -- but it is a very startling development, very worrisome. Because even though this missile is estimated that it could
have flown 5,700 kilometers, it could have perhaps gone even further.
North Korea has done recently -- has constrained the trajectory so it doesn't fly over Japan by flying it to a very high altitude, but had it
gone to a normal range, it could have been 6,700 kilometers, all of Alaska but perhaps even further.
AMANPOUR: Well, let me play you two assessments from weapons experts who spoke to CNN earlier today.
There's Melissa Handam and David Wright. As I say speaking to CNN. This is what they're saying about it.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DAVID WRIGHT, CO-DIRECTOR OF THE UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS GLOBAL SECURITY PROGRAM: Technically, that is an ICBM. It doesn't mean, of
course, it has the capability to reach the lower 48 states which is sort of 8,000 to 9,000 kilometers. But still it has done what North Korea claimed
to have done, which is as far as I can tell launch an ICBM.
MELISSA HANHAM, NONPROLIFERATION EXPERT: Now we don't know whether they have a warhead that fit on a missile, but it's to the point where I think
we probably have to start behaving from a policy standpoint as though they do. Simply because it's too risky not to.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
AMANPOUR: Well, Mr. Klingner, you know, this has sort of escalated beyond people's imaginations.
Do you believe -- you heard what Melissa said that we have to treat it as policy. That they could apply a warhead to these missiles.
What do you think from your previous analysis?
KLINGNER: Exactly. Both of the analysts are superb and extremely well qualified. You know, we're trying to do our best assessment of what North
Korea has given the limited information. And that's both from the outside as well as back in the intelligence community.
But we've had four U.S. four-star generals who say they either think North Korea already has the capability to hit the continental U.S. with a nuclear
warhead or they have to assume for planning purposes.
North Korea previously tested a missile called Unha from a fixed launch site and a South Korean Navy dredge up those stages and estimates that it
could have a 10,000 or 13,000-kilometer range. That's either half of the continental U.S. or the entire continental U.S. This system today is a
And based on previous assessments of photos of a static rocket engine test, outside experts think that it could be able to range New York or
So, we may not know exactly where they are in the path of development, but we certainly know what their objective is, which is to be able to threaten
the continental U.S. with a nuclear warhead.
AMANPOUR: So that's what their objective.
What about for President Trump's reactions? You know, a few weeks or months ago, he said that North Korea would never have an ICBM. It will not
And then after this launch, he's tweeted, "North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything to do better with his life?
Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this
nonsense once and for all."
So there are two questions there, obviously. What is a heavy move first and foremost? What could china do?
KLINGNER: Well, China could, for example, more fully implement required U.N. sanctions. They have been pulling their punches on that. They turn a
blind eye to proliferation, which occurs on their soil.
They turn a blind eye to North Korea's money laundering and illicit activity that's going through Chinese banks and businesses.
And also, China could engage in the same kind of economic warfare that they have been pushing against South Korea for Seoul's decision to deploy the
THAAD ballistic missile defense system.
So there's a lot that China can do that it should be doing. But also the U.S. has its own capabilities given the centrality of the U.S. dollar and
the centrality of the U.S. financial system.
The vast majority of all international transactions in the world, including those of North Korea are denominated in dollars which means they go through
So last week's sanction against the Bank of Dandong was the first time the U.S. really taken action against a Chinese bank for the last ten years.
And there's evidence for a lot more Chinese entities that should be sanctioned.
AMANPOUR: But what happens when, you know, the president of the United States, you know, just brings me to mind of Obama's red line in Syria.
When the president of the United States says it will not happen, it won't happen. North Korea will not test an ICBM, and then a few weeks later, it
What are the realistic options to make the United States a serious deterrent or to -- I don't know, to be serious about this?
KLINGNER: Right. Well, there's no magic Rubik's cube combination to solve the North Korean problem. It's something that has troubled successive U.S.
administrations for decades and we're going to be stuck with it for sometime.
We do need to make sure that we have sufficient defences for ourselves and for our allies. That includes not only the conventional forces and the --
what's called the nuclear umbrella, but also ballistic missile defense.
That would be including deploying the THAAD tactical level system to South Korea. But, also, ensuring we have sufficient ground base interceptors in
Alaska and California. We have, perhaps, 44 now.
And also, reviewing the strategic missile defense systems that Obama put on hold or cut.
AMANPOUR: So --
KLINGNER: But we need to increase the pressure.
AMANPOUR: No, no. Sorry. Does this keep you up at night? Are you concerned about these developments, particularly after having met with
these North Korean diplomats? I mean, given what they said, explain to me did they give you any reassurances?
KLINGNER: Absolutely not. They made very clear, very emphatically clear, that denuclearization is totally off the table. There's nothing that the
U.S. or Seoul could offer to induce them to abandon their nuclear arsenal.
They became irritated when we tried various options of suggested things that would get them back to the negotiating table. They said quite simply
accept us as a nuclear state and then we're willing to either talk about a peace treaty or fight.
AMANPOUR: Whoa. It doesn't look good.
And, you know, with the president seeming to put a lot of onus on China, even though by the way China is getting angry with President Trump, you
know, for the sanctions he's imposed, et cetera, it doesn't look like there's a great relationship there.
What do you think they can come up with at the G20? Because Russia and China today both said there should be a simultaneous freeze of North
Korea's missile and nuclear program and as you know with the U.S. abandoning military exercises and perhaps even the THAAD missile system
that you were talking about.
KLINGNER: Right. China has always overpromised and underdelivered.
You know, President Xi promised Trump at the Mar-a-lago summit that he would do more and we've heard that song before and we've always been
But, again, the U.S. can do a lot of things against entities including Chinese that are violating U.S. law. The Bank of Dandong really is just
the tip of the iceberg of Chinese entities that should be sanctioned and we don't need Chinese permission for that because we are protecting our
financial systems. We are protecting our banks from those that are misusing them.
So, you know, it's not overseas enforcement. It's enforcing our own laws in our own country.
You know, the freeze for freeze idea is not a good idea. It's North Korea offering something they don't legally possess because they're not allowed
to test under the U.N. resolutions for U.S. and South Korean military exercises that we're allowed to do.
AMANPOUR: I mean, do you think that the west or other -- well, yes. The United States is getting any closer to a pre-emptive military strike? And
what would that look like?
KLINGNER: Well, there has been growing advocacy in Washington and Seoul for such a strike. I think there's a bit too much flippancy in that in
that I don't think people realize the consequences.
Back when I was in government, we did war games or table top exercises, even before we thought North Korea had nuclear weapons. We always won.
The alliance always won. But the casualties were in the hundreds of thousands and it could be much higher now that they have nuclear weapons.
So although we of course always have to respond to a North Korea tactical or strategic attack and we always have to be there to deter such military
action by the regime, we should not go quickly into a preventive strike because that would escalate into potentially an all-out war.
AMANPOUR: Pyongyang's July 4th surprise for the United States.
Bruce Klinger, thank you very much indeed for joining us from Washington.
AMANPOUR: And as America celebrates Independence Day; in Africa, Rwanda remembers it as Liberation Day, marking 23 years since the end of the 100-
day genocide that left nearly a million people dead.
When we come back, as the summer season heats up, the surge of migrants and refugees taking the deadly trip across the Mediterranean is also spiking.
Italy is a front line destination state, and the country's EU minister joins us next. He says the migrant problem must finally be shared.
AMANPOUR: Welcome back to the program.
France and Germany have pledged more support to Italy as the country reels from a migrant crisis amid peak summer crossing season. Italy has
threatened to close its ports to rescue boats in the Mediterranean unless it receives more help from the EU.
More than 84,000 migrants arrived in the country by sea so far this year. That's a 20 percent increase over the same period as last year.
My next guest says Italy is reaching its limit, and he's calling for more burden sharing on the continent.
AMANPOUR: Sandro Gozi is Italy's EU minister and he's joining me now from Rome. Welcome to the program. Thanks for joining me.
SANDRO GOZI, ITALY'S EU MINISTER: Thank you.
AMANPOUR: So, you know, you all have been asking for this help for a long time now. You know, we've heard for years that the continent is not
sharing the burden fairly.
Do you see anything changing now? Is there anything that gives you some hope that that might change?
GOZI: Yes. There are simple steps. Of course, for us, there are not enough but we now concentrate on what has been agreed recently. As we
mention with France and Germany. We want to take together with Paris and Berlin, a European action to do some key actions which are in our view
absolutely indispensable. A new kind of conduct for the NGOs who are doing -- carrying out certain rescue activity in the Mediterranean.
We want to increase the financial support to the Libyan Coast Guard because it is essential to stop the traffickers before they leave with the boat.
We want to increase also the presence and the financial resources in the thousand Libyan border between Southern Libya and Egypt because it's there
that we have to stop the traffickers and we want to make relocation mechanism among different EU member state much more effective.
These are already very useful actions on which we want concentrated in the days ahead of us now.
AMANPOUR: So is that the kind of help that you're getting from France and Germany?
What -- in other words, what specifically are you getting in terms of what you want which is burden sharing, the numbers?
GOZI: This is what has been agreed. Of course the relocation mechanism, the burden sharing as you say among member states hasn't been effective.
It doesn't work. And we want, of course, to see more number to be taken by all of our partners.
Germany has played its part in the last month. In the recent days, France has committed to do its part, also. And there is an action, a legal
action, of the European commission against countries such as Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic who are refusing the burden sharing and it's
simply not acceptable for us.
And this is why it's so important that we speak the same -- with a single voice -- with France, Germany, the European commission to ensure that all
member state comply with their obligations.
AMANPOUR: Right. I just want to put up a graphic because it's quite dramatic when you see it in facts and figures.
First of all, according to the U.N., 90 percent of migrants that died in the Mediterranean last year 2016 died while traveling to Italy. And you
can see from this graphic and these figures that the arrivals in Italy have sort of stayed the same, much, much higher than arrivals in Greece. And
the death toll, obviously, in Greece is much, much lower and it's much, much higher in Italy.
So I've actually, you know, followed Italian coast guard ships which had been rescuing these migrants.
Are you saying that you want to stop that? You want to stop the Italian coast guard? You want to stop the other NGO boats, also?
GOZI: No. Italy has saved the dignity for all Europe for many years, because Italy has been in fact on its own until 2015, the Mediterranean.
While the other European countries were turned their back away from this drama, which is a European drama. Not only an Italian drama. That's the
Second issue is that on the Greece-Turkish border, there has been an agreement which has been signed between EU and Turkey, and this agreement
is being effective in stopping the departures.
The third issue that we have, either to past Turkey. In front of Italy, there is a Libyan state which is partially failed and this is why we have
to concentrate on Libya, as I was saying on two issues.
So strengthening the capacity of the Libyan authority to stop the flows and also to organize reception camps under surveillance of the United Nations
High Committee on Refugees in Libya.
This is the way we -- this is the only way we can stop the flows. We are saying to the NGOs, stop with the anarchy. Let's agree on a kind of
conduct. Let's not go too close to the Libyan border. And this is exactly what the Libyan coast guard is asking us. And let's be more effective, not
only in saving lives, and Italy has been saving lives for too many years on its own. And finally now, there is a commitment of other government and of
the NGOs, but also let's be effective in tackling the trafficker and the smugglers.
GOZI: And this is what we must improve.
AMANPOUR: OK. Well, let me just ask you. I mean, things seem to be -- you know, far from burden sharing, you've got Austria which is potentially
calling up its military saying that it's ready to deploy border troops to block any migrants coming from your country to it.
GOZI: It is totally ridiculous. And every time that the internal domestic debate in Austria is heating up. Last year was because of presidential
election. This year it's because of the general elections. Austria thinks that it is a very good idea to take off the border between Italy and
Austria to do what? To do nothing. Because there isn't any significant flows between Italy and Austria.
So it is totally propaganda and is totally linked to internal, to domestic Austrian politics. Certainly, it is not helpful at all. And we would
expect a much more serious and responsible attitude from an important partner in the lie such as Austria on this issue.
AMANPOUR: I'm sitting here in London, and obviously, Britain hasn't taken many refugees at all.
But beyond that, what about Brexit? You are the EU minister for your country.
What is the feeling amongst you right now? Do you feel that there is, you know, proper negotiations? Does Britain know what it's asking for? Is it
all organized? Do you think this will happen, the Brexit?
GOZI: Right. Very serious questions. It is clear I have to listen, to seek what Theresa May told to our leader. She confirms Brexit. She
confirms she wants to get out of the single market. She confirms she wants to get out of the European Union.
I do believe that still serious negotiation must start yet. And I would say that we have to get out of the debate between hard Brexit and a soft
Brexit. So far I see a weak Brexit because I think the British position has weakened. What we want is certainty. It is a clear process. And we
want to hear a clear position from UK. And we will see.
GOZI: We will see. We must end up the negotiation by 29th of March 2019.
GOZI: We have time but not so much time.
AMANPOUR: On that note, Minister Gozi, thank you so much indeed for joining us from Rome.
And when we come back, imagine a world where women are less valued than a side of beef. The new focus on that awful fact in India -- next.
AMANPOUR: And finally tonight, imagine a world where women wish they were treated like a piece of meat or at least like a cow.
As awful as that sounds, in India, the photographer Sujatro Ghosh is trying to make that extraordinary point. Creating this series of images of women
donning cow masks to highlight a society where these animals are more valued than they are.
Cows, of course, are sacred to Hindus. And violence against those believed to have harmed cows is rising.
Just this month, a 16-year-old Muslim was killed because people believed he was carrying beef.
At the same time, violence against women is also endemic in India.
Just days ago, a woman with around the clock police protection suffered her fifth acid attack since being gang raped.
Now the photographer Sujatro Ghosh started his project with members of his own family using a cow mask that he had bought in New York to highlight the
unequal treatment of cows and women in India, and soon many women wanted to take part in this project which he wants to take around the whole
He's come under attack from some on social media for being flippant about the holy cow. Ghosh told us that he supports their protection and he loves
animals, but he also said that if we can protect cows, we should also protect women as well.
And that's it for our program tonight. Remember, you can listen to our podcast any time. You can see us online at Amanpour.com and you can follow
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Thanks for watching and good-bye from London.