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"Kim Jong UN walk together through a lush outdoor courtyard in Hanoi at the start of the second day of their nuclear summit, the president and Kim walked over to secretary of state, Mike Pompeo and his counterpart who were chatting about the French architecture of the place and just how hot it is the leaders are now indoors in an expanded bilateral meeting. ABC's Devon Dwyer's with us now from Washington, Devon hair. Well, lead up to the summit we were talking a lot about the cessation of nuclear and missile testing by North Korea. But the threat, of course, still looms large for the United States. I'm joined now by Bishop garrison. He's the interim executive director at the Truman national security project. Worked formerly in the. Obama administration at the defense department and the department of homeland security also a former army officer and Iraq war veteran and national security analyst Gregg Bishop great to have you with us wanna get your take on the threat. How serious of a threat is North Korea. Still right now does extend beyond just nuclear weapons. Thank you for having me absolutely extends beyond nuclear weapons of. That's something that we need to make sure that the American people understand this wall denuclearization continues to be a number one priority within with North Korea. They have the ability with conventional weapons with conventional munitions to actually reach South Korea. And do a great deal of damage in very short amount of time should any connect Connecticut, actually take place, so while we're focusing on this, and it is important to focus on their nuclear capabilities. We need to continue to maintain the idea that they can do damage beyond and chemical biological weapons. Well. Part of that stockpile Bishop garrison here executive director at the Truman national security project, and Bishop give us a sense of where the allies how the allies are viewing this. We haven't heard a lot about Japan, South Korea, China, they don't have a seat at the table at this summit. Yeah. And that's a part of the problem with China is always going to have some type of interest within the region, especially whenever you talk about North Korea. They've been someone that we've leaned on to be a rational actor within the space. We have our own issues with China right now as you see with Weiwei continuing to go on there as you see what's happening. The electrons giant and the issues that we've seen with DOJ press charges against them. When we talk about the tariffs and potential trade word that we continue to have with them. And when we talk about any type of IP and cyber issues we've had with him over the years. But at the same time, we have relied on them and continue to rely on them to ensure that North Korea remains a rational actor within this space. So it's important to ensure that we keep lines of communication open with them as we're going through this in terms of Japan as you mentioned too. They have a vested interest in seeing what happens with the actual tangible outcomes are of these bilateral talks at the the President Kim Jon Neuner entering career was shooting missiles over Japan Japan a lot of nerves there. But is there angst right now by the Japanese that they don't have a seat in these negotiations? They're not they're not helping to to solve this problem. Yeah. Absolutely. And I and I can tell you you're going to have many more that are well versed in. I e exact experts in North Korea, and then the the Pacific than I am. But from what I've read from what I see from what I hear. They're absolutely. Would naturally be any angst? If you're having these major discussions that are going to affect everything from your military stands to your Konami within that area. And you don't have to see the tables automatically going to give you a some type of concern within that space in another country. Just quickly that we need to continue to remember here is South Korea. And how they feel about all this. Yes, they are part of these talks have been a part of this effort, and they do have a vested interest in seeing of potentially a denuclearized maybe even a unified Korea. But where where are they in these talks and water are tangible goals in all of this country and Bishop garrison executive director at the Truman national security project here with us, obviously, giving your military experience Bishop you can speak to what the troops are feeling Twenty-eight thousand troops on the Korean peninsula right now. What are they? Thinking as they watched their commander in chief head into these negotiations in just eight months ago, suspended those military exercises that have been so vital for security in the region. Does that make them nervous? Well, absolutely. I mean, it'd because the question becomes what else are we willing to give up in to get? What goals what tangible outcomes are trying to achieve it affects readiness? It affects morale it affects our ability for force projection. It makes China incredibly happy. If we continue to talk about taking away any type of Terry presence within the region strategically it works out very well for them. Whereas our troops have trained for this threat in a very interested to see how the president how this administration continues to engage with Bishop garrison executive director of the Truman national security project. Thanks for having for joining us here. Aaron Katersky back to you ABC's Devon Dwyer there in Washington with Bishop garrison of the Truman project as President Trump and chairman Kim Jong UN continue. There one on one dialogue with hopeful words. A casual stroll and warm handshakes at the start of the second day of their summit. Good to have you with us on Aaron Katersky. You're listening to live coverage from ABC news. Now. Now, the three big things you need to three three three. Vatican treasurer cardinal, George Pell is in jail and his home country of Australia tonight for sexually abusing children the Seventy-seven-year-old taken into custody today after his bail was unexpectedly revoked President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen testifying to the house oversight committee this afternoon. Trump is racist. The country has seen Mr. Trump court white supremacists. Ambigous Cohen opening the hearing by saying the president is a racist. A con man cheat one President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong UN getting ready for the second part of their summit. They'll discuss denuclearization economic sanctions and a variety of other issues coming up later tonight. Hey, Sean Hannity here. And I will be in Vietnam Hanoi, always taking you closer to the second summit between president. 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