tv CNN Newsroom With Ana Cabrera CNN April 16, 2017 5:00pm-6:01pm PDT
♪ this is "cnn breaking news." >> you're live in the "cnn newsroom." i want to welcome our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. i'm ana cabrera. this is steve stee fence. this picture was sustain today from a facebook video he posted. now, police say on that video stephens broadcast the murder of 74-year-old goodwin. here is his family's response. >> we put it on a truck. he was laughing. he's a good guy. >> very good hearted. >> give you the shirt off his back.
i'm not just saying that for these cameras like people do, knowing that their people really ain't right but i'm telling the truth. this man right here was a good man. and i just hate -- i hate he's gone, you know what i mean? i don't know what i'm going to do. >> it feel like -- >> it is not real. >> it feel like my heart is gonna stop. >> lisa, you'll be all right. >> it feel like it is going to stop. >> you're going to be all right. >> it feel like it gonna stop. >> lisa, lisa, lisa. that enough. >> police believe goodwin was a random target. stephens claims he has killed other people today, but police have not found any sign of additional victims. in a shocking turn we learned this suspect works for a behavioral health facility that treats children and families. local state and federal authorities are part of the search, searching the city and the surrounding area and they're warm r warning citizens this man is armed and tank russ. here is police chief kalvin williams.
>> we need steve to turn himself in. right now there's two families out there that are hurting, mr. goodwin's family and, of course, there are people out there that care about steve and want to see this not go any further. so we're asking him to turn himself in. what happened today is senseless, and if steve has an issue he needs to talk to some folks to get that resolved. i know, steve, you have a relationship with some of our clergy out here in northeast ohio. i encourage you to give them a call and talk to them, and then call us and turn yourself in. >> we have this new photo right now. this is the vehicle that police believe stephens was driving, a white ford fusion. seen here, tweeted by cleveland. our team of reporters and analysts are covering every angle of the story. joining me now, our cmn law enforcement analyst, former fbi assistant director and former --
to you first. what is the latest on the man hut? >> you know, authorities have been working to give the people in cleveland the information they need to help them track down the individual. the picture you showed of the ford fusion. also, the latest image is important to see as well that was taken. it is essentially a freeze frame of what is this terrible video spread on social media earlier today showing steve stephens, about 6'11", 244 pounds, also, again, driving that white forwaford fusion. there was concern earlier this afternoon because of that video that there was spreading there were perhaps more victims out there. as a result, authorities in cleveland fanning out across the region there, searching for potential victims. but authorities making it clear they have not identified anybody else except for, sadly, that 74-year-old man, robert goodwin. cnn speaking to maggie stephens, the mother of the suspect
involved in this case, telling us she last spoke to her son yesterday and that stephens reportedly told her that would be the last time that she would see him. mrs. stephens not elaborating on anymore information, saying much more, but saying it was the last time she saw her son. again, that manhunt active right now in cleveland for this individual that is considered armed and extremely dangerous. authorities in the last few hours here asking him to turn himself in, essentially, ana, since it is provoking fears and outrage, and urging people in the cleveland area to take precautions. >> cedric, what do you make of how they're appealing to him to speak to clergy and turn himself in? >> they're taking the leadership role in which any elected official and certainly chief williams, a very fine chief and someone i know both personally and professionally, so they're
doing the right things. they're taking the right measures, stepping out, connecting with the community. they're asking the community to be engaged in terms of helping to find this individual since he has been identified. so they're doing all the right things and taking the right type of leadership they should be taking at this moment. >> tom, as night falls how does that change the search? >> it is just going to continue day or night, you know, possibly into tomorrow. i bink think it is going to make it harder to see the vehicle, to look inside the vehicle and see who is driving. you know, i will say start pulling over every white sedan, particularly ford sedan, there will be a it lot of motorists pulled over. hopefully they will be patient, the policemen will be tactful with them when it happens but it is very hard. as a vehicle drives down the street, if there's no license plate or something definitive to look at, the way streetlights are it is hard to look through the windows and see a description of the driver to
know the sex or race of the driver of a vehicle. it is not easy. so, yes, darkness will make it a little harder as far as trying to find the vehicle on the street. but at some point, you know, the one thing that will be in the authority's favor is if he continues to drive that car, no matter how far -- and by now he could have driven to chicago or almost to washington d.c. -- at some point he is going to probably need gasoline, food, other things. almost any type of place that sells gas or a convenience store that sells food, they almost all have cameras. so if an employee there or another motorist is suspicious, they'll be able to alert the authorities and they will be able to look at the cameras and get a better description of where he's at. >> polo, what more are you learning about this suspect, now identified as 37-year-old steve stephens? >> well, as we reported earlier that he apparently worked at a local organization there, beach brook, which is a behavioral
agency that serves kids and families, as far as foster families there in and around the cleveland area. some of the employees working there say that they are shocked and horrified that their co-worker would be involved in this also, again, after that conversation with his mother, maggie green, saying that he last -- last saw her son yesterday, her 37-year-old son and said it would be the last time that he would see her. we do understand based on preliminary conversations with this woman, with the suspect's mother that he was going through some sort of relationship trouble. again, this is all information simply coming from his family, as was mentioned, and state very clearly that authorities have not gone into detail with respect to this possible motive or what could have set off an individual to do such a thing. again, this is all early information coming in about the moments leading up to this shooting. obviously a very disturbed individual according to what we're hearing from his family, but authorities stopping short of confirming some of that information. their focus right now is on tracking this individual down.
>> brian, given the fact this suspect has been very active on social media, we know the video was on there for sometime, the video of this murder itself. how is facebook responding? >> that's right. this video was live streamed. we sort of screen grabbed of the gunman on the phone, the suspect on the phone. you can see him talking to someone, and that was around 2:30 eastern time. he continued to be using his facebook account for at least an hour or so after that point. about 3:30 he stopped using his facebook account, perhaps, you know, his had phone can still be tracked by police. we don't know yes, it can or no, it can't. but he was on facebook throughout the afternoon, and in the post this person, describing as an easter day slaughter, complaining as polo was saying about a woman in his life, sharing a lot of detail, essentially a lot of evidence for the police to be pouring over. this video is posted and you can hear what facebook is saying about this matter.
the company says it is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on facebook. we work hard to keep a safe environment on facebook and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies. there's not much more they can say. >> did they take it down? >> the official live streaming was taken down, but there are copies on the internet. the massacre at virginia tech, that was ten years ago. in that case the gunman sent a manifesto to nbc telling why he committed the crime. it took days for that package to arrive. a man approached a reporter on roanoke and shot her on live tv, he filmed it and posted it on social media and killed it. that was not live streamed. here we are, facebook live, pair scope, lots of apps allow you to live stream things. >> i was in chicago earlier covering a crime that was live
streamed on facebook, a man with disabilities. >> and that video was partly evidence for police to be able to charge those four individuals with a hate crime. it was a live stream beating. this is first time i can recall as someone who covers facebook, we are seeing from the perspective of a killer posting a video and showing that killing live in real tief on facebook. there are other crimes shared on facebook, and we've seen perspectives from victims of crime on facebook, but the kind can of gory detail you see in this video, this apparent desire for publicity, for attention from someone posting something like this, there's a lot to unpack here. i think the one perhaps silver lining is that police have a lot of evidence. they have this video. like i said, the original's been taken off line but there are copies out there, people trying to share them. i think that's a choice people can make, whether they want to watch it or not. obviously news outlets choosing not to be he showing a graphic video of that nature. the one silver lining is that it provides the police with a lot of evidence in a situation like this.
>> and gives them a lot of information and it is quickly that it is coming in. >> quickly. this person's facebook page has been taken down, but the police have it. >> cedric, the suspect has claimed to have killed multiple people. you heard from brian. obviously he was having ongoing conversations on social media as he was continuing on what he said was a crime spree of some sort, but, again, police are only able to confirm one victim. we heard at their press conference that they have followed several leads that have been coming in. they've received over 100 leads they said, but yet they do not believe at this time that there is anybody else who was shot and killed by this suspect at this time. that's the latest information that we have at least. what does this tell you about who this individual is if you're starting to put all of these pieces together? >> well, you know, here let me put on my mental health therapist hat for a moment. we are talking about an individual, ana, who is very
disturbed and totally removed from reality, totally out of contact with reality. he has no emotions or concern for anyone else that is human. if you look at that video, the gun down live, an elderly man in such a shameful way, a cowardly way, it is just unspeakable. but that act in and of itself tells us a lot about this individual and where he is psychologically, and this individual is going to have to be found immediately and taken off of the street. he is a true danger to that community and, quite frankly, a true danger to this country everywhere he may roam too. so this is an appeal to everyone in that community to- -- if they see anything, as you have heard from the chief and from the mayor, is that plea contact your authorities as soon as you can. we are talking about a very disturbed individual who is totally irrational and totally
removed from any sense of emotions towards anyone. >> tom, very quickly, if you are in the shoes of law enforcement and part of this investigation, we know it is local, state and federal authorities who are working on trying to contact this individual. if you make contact with him, what do you say? >> well, i think you don't try to say a lot to him. at this point if you make contact, it is because you know where he's at and it is time to close in on him. i think -- i think there's a really good chance that this thing could be over by tomorrow morning and he'll either have been found to have taken his own life or he'll decide to do a suicide by cop, again, another grandiose move to the keep his name famous, you know, an example of his narcissim in this case. he has no remorse and he wants everybody to know how great he is, that he could commit this murder tactically with no emotion and precision and efficiency, cold-blooded
killing, and that's what he wanted to convey and he did. >> and we certainly don't want to give him any more publicity, but we are continuing to show his picture because it is a public safety matter at this point. this man is still out there and law enforcement are actively looking for him and are asking for the public's help. polo, i understand you have some new information. ka with you tell us? >> again, ana, this is a small detail that could amount to something significant for investigators. cleveland police issuing information regarding the vehicle and the tag. it is an ohio temporary tag that this ford fusion was sporting at some point. e 36-360. this information sent out by cleveland police, forward feegs, e36-360 at the time of the incident. it could have potential have changed. but also stressing on brian's point and the importance of this video, that is essentially now evidence in this case, this
means we are looking at now is one of the latest images of the suspect involved in this case. we have covered these senseless crimes in the case where they the have to rely on an old image, a driver's license perhaps. this picture is the latest image that the authorities have to go on and what he may look like right now. >> polo, brian, david, thank you to all of you, tom and cedric. boy, we have a lot of people here, part of this discussion. we really do appreciate it. coming up, president trump's national security adviser has arrived in afghanistan this weekend just a couple of days after the u.s. dropped the mother of all bombs there. his message about the war on terrorism almost 16 years after 9/11. ♪ cafrom the hospital i needed to be able to recover. tempur-pedic allowed me to do just that. because i don't have the average body type anymore
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barbarism and civilization, and so with those high stakes in mind, recognizing that the taliban groups that we're fighting here, that the isis groups that we alongside really the afghan forces are really fighting, and we're just enabling them in the eastern part of the country, are a threat to all civilized peoples. and so the president has asked for a range of options and we'll give him those options. >> so the commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan, general nichollson has asked for a couple of thousand troops and that could be u.s. troops or also nato troops, but general h.r. mcmaster has also talked about more diplomacy, more development. so that review ongoing. you know, clearly president trump is going to have to make a decision. >> what does thursday's moab strike, the powerful bomb dropped on isis fighters in afghanistan, say about isis' present in afghanistan now and
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♪ the white house won't reveal how it plans to respond to north korea's failed missile attempt and it is difficult to speculate certainly, partly because we've seen this white house make a number of reversals on major issues in recent weeks, everything from military involvement in syria to whether nato is obsolete and now politicia politicians flip-flopping is nothing new, but president trump's is on big campaign promises. is it an asset or liability. ben ferguson and nina turner
joining us. nina, i'll start with you. president trump has said he wants to be unpredictable? is it an asset, especially when dealing with countries like north korea and syria? >> not on foreign policy, ana. we need certainty here, especially for a country tired of being in conflict after conflict after conflict. it is time to focus on domestic issues. i will say in terms of, you know, what president teddy roosevelt once said, which was to speak softly and carry a big stick, when it comes to dealing with north korea we definitely need -- we need china in this. we cannot be out there going it alone. this is not the atmosphere to be unpredictable. >> ben, when you look at what has happened in the dynamics between the u.s. and north korea, we do know just since february we've seen north korea attempt at least five missile launches. is it possible the president's previous tough talk on north korea -- we have examples we can show, all of the tweets he has
put out -- has done maybe little to dissuade their nuclear weapons program and might actually have the reverse effect? >> i don't think it is going to have a reverse effect. i think what you're seeing here is each situation, whether it be, for example, syria and assad will be very different than afghanistan and isis. that will be very different from north korea and what's going on there and the influence that china may be able to have. each situation is drastically different, and i think what you see the president doing here is saying, look, first off america is going to protect our national interests and we're not going to be afraid to protect those interests, but we're willing to work with others. a great example of that is china and the meetings they had at mar-a-lago. he has made it very clear he is willing to be flexible in certain ways to get to a resolution, and it doesn't necessarily have to be military style resolution but that is definitely not going to be something he is willing to take off the table early on. i think most americans appreciate this. you have a president that's
looking at every different angle here and he is working through many different channels on these and willing to bring different people to the table, and i think that shows what you just heard there. you know what, you carry a big stick, you talk quietly, you don't let everybody know what you're going to do exactly, and you leave every option on the table while you can, and that keeps people protected and also safe in this country. >> before trump was elected, you'll recall he said he didn't want to be the policeman of the world, but he also said, usa point out, he wants to be flexible when it comes to foreign policy. let's listen to his own words for a moment. >> megan, i have a very strong, i have a very strong quote. but i have never seen a successful person who wasn't flexible, who didn't have a certain degree of flexibility. you have to have a a certain a certain degree of flexibility. >> you have to show a degree of flexibility. if you are going to be one way and you think it is wrong, does that mean the rest of your life you have to go in the wrong direction because you don't want to change?
>> nina, does the president have a point there? >> i mean yes, he does have a point. i'm not going to say that he doesn't, but our geopolitical interests depend on this president and every other president listening to our expert experts, understanding our military history in the world and using that power judicially. and so we cannot be in perpetual wars. we cannot go it alone, and so north the korea is just another example of that. i will say that the american people have been neglected for such a long time that we really do need to focus more in on -- >> nina -- nina, i apologize. i don't mean to interrupt you but we have breaking news we need to get to right now, guys. >> this is "cnn breaking news." >> this breaking news just in to cnn. we are learning right now vice president mike pence is expected to travel to the dmz, the border between south korea and north korea, it is a day since pyongyang's failed attempt to launch a ballistic missile and the white house says in and all
options for any next move are still on the table. let's get to dana bash who is traveling with the vice president. she is joining me now. dana, what can you tell me? >> i am not sure if you can hear me. you can see the wind, it is coming from a helicopter about to deliver the vice president of the united states here in south korea. he is going to land, you see -- i think you can see behind me in order to go to the demilitarized zone. this is going to be the first trip of anybody from this administration to the dmz, and obviously it comes at a very, very tense time, but vice president according to his aides wanted to come and get a firsthand look at what is going on here and get briefings from the top military brass who are here, both at the united nations level and of course the u.s. forces who are here. if you could stay with me, we're waiting to see the vice president of the united states
come off of the helicopter. excuse me. he got here to south korea yesterday, sunday, for easter. the plan was on the down low, weather permit abouting and security permitting, for him to do exactly what he's doing now, and so we're waiting for the vice president to come out and to go to the first of several briefings and then to go up to the demilitarized zone to get a firsthand look at what is going on there and to be able to see north korea with his own two eyes, which is something that you can do at the dmz, ana. >> i don't know if you can hear me, but if you can i'm curious how this came about. this wasn't on the agenda, was it? >> it wasn't on his official schedule, but we certainly got some strong hints that this is what they were hoping to do. they said he was going to take a cultural the visit at this time in his schedule, and there was
definitely a good sense that that cultural visit would be to come here to the demilitarized zone, for him to make this a pretty intense trip here. i could tell you as we're waiting for the vice president -- forgive me for turning around, i'm going to see if we see him. this is also an emotional trip for him because his father served in the u.s. army in korea, and he was served -- he was awarded the bronze star and the bronze star medal is framed in the vice president's office in the west wing. he has never been personally to south korea, not as a congressman, not as governor of indiana, it is the first time he is here. so obviously it is a policy-oriented trip but also emotional for him given the fact he has such history with his father being awarded such an award as the bronze star. >> again, we are seeing live pictures right now of the vice president who is visiting the
demilitarized zone between south korea and north korea. i want to bring in global affairs correspondent elise labott joining us from washington as we continue to watch the pictures and see what the next moves are by the vice president, dana and elise. tell us a little bit more about this area that the vice president is visiting. >> well, there are several areas, and i have been there a few times, ana. >> reporter: i think he is going to come out. here is the vice president, ana, if you can see. >> we are watching. >> reporter: forgive me, elise, i'm sorry, but the vice president just came out. >> it is a pretty amazing thing that the vice president will be seeing how close north and south korea are. you know, there's an area he'll have a look out, where he will be able to look out over a mountain to see the north korea behe lo below, but also on this one area that is basically a building, a
small building where north korean and south korean soldiers are standing just feet from each other. i have been there a few times. he will be able to -- essentially you have these north korean soldiers that are looking straight ahead, and he can look them directly in the eye. he will just be, you know, less than a foot from them. it is really a remarkable thing that the -- it will really bring home, i think, to vice president pence how close these two neighbors are in proximity and how much the north korean threat is close to south korea. >> dana, what are we looking at right now? are these those soldiers elise is just talking about, that he is shaking hands with? >> reporter: no. no, ana, not yet. we are not -- cannoturrently no at the dmz. we are at a place called camp boniface. this is basically the staging area where the vice president
will get his initial briefings, and then he will be transported up to the dmz. what you are seeing now is him being greeted by south korean military officials and u.n. military officials as well as u.s. this particular camp here is mostly south korean. we were told there are about 50 military officials that are stationed here at any given time from other countries, including the u.s. overall in south korea there are 28,500 troops, but here at camp boniface it is mostly south korean troops, and that's what you saw there, the vice president being greeted there. i should say, this probably goes without saying, but this is a country at war. back 67 years ago when the south korean war began, it is still not over. there was an armistice which established the dmz but there was no truce. so it is something that is maybe easy to forget because it was so long ago, but the vice president
is effectively entering one of the longest wars in history that is still going on, and he will be observing and getting information about that during this probably brief trip to the dmz, ana. >> dana, when we were watching the pictures of the vice president getting off this helicopter with a number of other individuals, do you know who those people are that he's traveling with? >> reporter: well, he's traveling with some of his senior staff, but the briefings that he's going to get are from -- for the most part from a four star general who is the head of the u.s. command here in south korea and the u.s. command. he is somebody who is probably going to take -- we know is going to take the vice president around and give him most of the briefings, both here at camp boniface and then at the dmz. he is going to go to a place called the freedom house. the freedom house was a place that was established on the dmz
initially with the hope of it being where families could reunite, where north and south korean families who were separated and have been separated now for 67 years and not able to see one another, where they could come together and have family reunions. it has never been used for that purpose. the north koreans would never allow that to happen. they have allowed a rare occasion to happen elsewhere in north korea but never inside the freedom house. now it is used for a place where there are meetings, where there are vip meetings and other operations for the joint command here. >> elise, what message is this now sending to north korea, the fact that the united states' vice president is so close to their country? >> i think it sends a very powerful message. this is a very powerful message of u.s. strength. you saw secretary of state rex tillerson there a few short
weeks ago. you know, when president trump was briefing president elect trump about the threats the u.s. was facing and they were having discussions, president obama said to president trump, the north korea nuclear missile threat is the number one threat you will be facing. as the transition was progressing and as president trump took office, he talked in great detail about how the north korean threat was weighing on him and how he saw it as one of the most important issues. you've seen this kind of increased rhetoric, these north korean missile tests, one of them when president trump was meeting with japanese president -- prime minister shinzo abe at mar-a-lago. you have seen increased threats by north korea and they're being met by a powerful message of u.s. resolve. you see this warship carrier, the u.s. vinson traveling towards the region. it is a very powerful show of
force. i mean you heard general h.r. mcmaster, national security adviser saying while he was in kabul, look, the u.s. does not want to take any military action. this is really, you know, the last resort, but that all options are on the table. in the wake of these strikes by the u.s. in syria and afghanistan, the north koreans cannot help but wonder what would be in store for them if they did something very powerful. >> dana, do we know has there been -- >> reporter: guys, i have to -- >> -- strategizis with the vice president and the south koreans since he arrived there following that failed ballistic missile test that happened last night? >> reporter: well, i think that's actually going to a point i was going to make, that elise rightly is talking about the u.s. policy that is obviously evolving and not yet fully formed towards north korea in
terms of what actions the u.s. may or may not take beyond the diplomatic channels they're using right now to really more than ever try to pressure china to help. but beyond that, this is a show of unity and a show of support, this visit that the vice president is taking right now to south korea, for the south koreans. remember, this is certainly rattling for the entire world to see the tensions spiking on this korean peninsula, but no more than for the south koreans. i mean they are really looking to the west, looking to the united states in particular to make sure that the united states still has its back, and that is a big part of the trip here. it is not just to get briefings and to get a firsthand look at the ground, but also to show support and solidarity with the south koreans as, of course, the u.s. has continued to do. as i said, for 67 years at this
point when the south -- when the korean war first began. >> we're just looking at the video again. this is just moments ago that we saw the vice president. we showed it to you live as he stepped off that plaine, as he shakes hand with some of the military members of south korea at this area, camp boniface. elise, you say they will go to the dmz, which is not here, not that location. give us a sense how far that is? >> it is very close. it is a short helicopter ride and he will be really in effect -- you know, he actually will be in north korean territory when you look at this kind of building that you will be in. it is actually considered mostly north korean territory the. there is just a very small amount of south korean territory. i just want to point out very quickly, emphasize what dana said how important a show of unity this is now more than ever after president parks impeachment. he is really not going to meet
with any policy official to develop any strategy because there's only an acting south korean government right now. this is all about a show of unity with the u.s. ally. policy options will be discussed with the next government, which will go to elections next month. >> all right. we got to leave it there. i know, dana, you need to move along with the vice president. we appreciate that report. again, live from south korea right now where the vice president is on his way to the dmz, the border between south korea and north korea as he continues his trip there in the korean peninsula following this big parade, the show of force we saw there in north korea on display yesterday with their special day of the sun. apparently this is live coming to us now. let's listen in. >> between our people. it is particularly humbling for me to be here. my father served in the korean war with the u.s. army, and on
the way here we actually saw some of the terrain my father fought alongside korean forces to help earn your freedom. so we -- we are grateful to all of those who each and every day stand in the gap for freedom here at the dmz and it is a great honor to be with all of our forces and with the leadership represented here. thank you, gentlemen. >> so the basic area where -- historic significance of being the place where [ inaudible ] command and -- >> again, this is live video you are seeing right now. cameras rushed in as vice president showed up near the dmz, and we just heard some comments that he made to the south koreans who were greeting him there. he says it was a humbling moment for him to be able to visit this area, as we also heard from dana earlier, the vice president reiterating this is very personal for him.
his father served with the u.s. army during the korean war, and we heard him tell the people in that room that his father fought for their freedom, and so this is not only a moment important to him as a leader of the united states and showing this unity with the south koreans as they try to figure the out exactly how to approach the north korean nuclear development situation but also something that is personally meaningful to him. we're going to take a quick break. dana bash traveling with the vice president in south korea right now, and our thanks to elise labott as well joining us here on cnn. you are in the "cnn newsroom." we're back after this. ♪ ll lung cancer, previously treated with platinum-based chemotherapy, including those with an abnormal alk or egfr gene who've tried an fda-approved targeted therapy... this is big. a chance to live longer
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nis la where mike pence just arrived. he is in en route there. that's the heavily fortified area between south korea and north korea. i want to go back to our global affairs correspondent elise louisialab et. it's a real show of unity with the south korean government. had which is really in the midst of a lot of turmoil right now. in addition to this great north korean threat and growing nuclear threat and the tension and increased rhetoric between the u.s. and north korea, you also have south korea in the throws of political chaos in the wake of the president's impeachment so vice president pence is really there for two reasons. to show unity with the utah u.s. and south korean ally. this comes in the wake of
strikes in syria and in afghanistan and clearly this is a a message to north korea that the u.s. is taking this threat very seriously. this is really seen as one of the gravest threats that president trump assumed when he took office. you can see in the last week and several months and weeks that this u.s. government is taking this threat very seriously. >> here's what we're learning about this planned visit to the dmz. i'm reading these notes just in here to cnn. vice president expected to get several briefings while he visits. he's going to be talking with u.s. officials. . he's going to also speak with general bararooks and the curre commander of forces in korea. this is a much working visit. but we also heard him moments ago talk about how this is also something personal for him, his father served in the korean war as part of the u.s. army.
>> that's right. so this is also as a u.s. leader taking it very seriously, but it's an awesome moment for him as he goes back in the footsteps of his father, who served in the war. really from the demarcation line with north korean troops are staring each other in the face he will be just feet from north korean soldiers when e he goes into the area called freedom house, which originally ut up as an area as north korea and families to be reunited. but now it's a joint security area. the demarcation line where troops from both sides are staring heavily armed right in the face. . secretary of state rex tillerson was there just a few weeks ago. you saw these pictures of the north korean soldier just feet
tr him. it's a really intense and very highly fortified area that he'll be visiting. then he will also go up to the observation lookout post, which you can see north korea below. it brings home how close the two neighbors are and it also brings home the missile threat and potential nuclear threat on the north. >> and fill us in on what e we know now about the latest missile launch that fail ed jus last night. >> it seemed to be a medium range ballistic missile. it's not the missile that icbm that could reach the u.s. mainland, but that doesn't mean that it's not kshing. it could reach south korea,
japan and the u.s. has thousands of troops in the area. even though it failed just five seconds after taking off, people might say it's not that kshing. it's very concerning. because every time that north korea takes another test, it gets closer to perfecting that technology. so even though it failed, they got a little bit close today and that's very concerning to u.s. commanders and the president. >> the next question is how does the international community respond to not just this one provocative movement in north korea, but also the larger strategy in dealing with this nuclear program that north korea continues to forge ahead with. elise labott, our appreciation for your expertise to discuss the vice president now visiting the dmz in between the north and south korea. pictures just moments ago where he got off the plane nearby en
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