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April 4th, 2013
10:03 PM ET

Newt Gingrich on North Korea: "The president's actually been pretty close to correct in the way he's handled this"

As tensions increase between the United States and North Korea – resulting in the U.S. dialing down the rhetoric – on Thursday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Robin Wright and Newt Gingrich to lend their educated insight to a worrisome situation that has the potential to increase in intensity:

"It's always the wild card," said Wright, a former diplomatic correspondent for the U.S. Institute of Peace, referring to North Korea supreme leader Kim Jong-un. "Does he interpret what the United States has done as something that makes him worry even more, and think he has to do even more, that we get this kind of gradual escalation, tit for tat, and it gets out of control? That's the real danger."

Meanwhile, in a move that even he admitted was a bit of a "shock," Gingrich crossed the aisle, to a degree, and favored Barack Obama's recent foreign policy approach:

"I think the president's actually been pretty close to correct in the way he's handled this," the former House Speaker told Piers Morgan. "We want to be firm, we want to be clear, but we don't want to increase the temperature of the water."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Wright and Gingrich add further perspective and context to the current relationship between the U.S. and North Korea.
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  1. sm

    So, Sean Hannity and his cronies from Fox news are screaming at the top of their lungs for the U.S government to Bomb Iran, and its hidden nuke facility. Like it would be that easy ( and it should be a Nato many countries – Europe-effort united). So now with this N korean crisis we would be in a two war scenario. True N koreas Dumb Dong Chong is just pumping his chest for money from anyone, hes going nowhere. If he shoots one missle we and Nato are going to put him over our knee and give him a grand whipping like he deserves. Now we just finished an unnessary pretty much illegal war from the Bush era with no good results. And as many Americans have forgotten that we are presently in a war in Afganastan and are military is tired and ready to come home, we meet are objective Bin Ladin is dead! Now Sean Hannity, what about Syria? sen. McCain is crying to go to war with syria ( those people need help, butrussia and some other countries need to step up and get that house in order. So in reality, with a 16 trillion dollar deficeit, we "COULD" be in a three theater war at one time. How do you presume to do that Sean Hannity and war lovers out there?

    April 5, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. sm

    O.K i'll admit it, newt Ginrich is a smart man in the House and only in the confines at the Capital, hes been around for everfor a reason. But for the Love of god when he gets in public and in front of a microphone, my God he gets hit with the stupid stick and speaks shear stupidity . ( im not a newt lover, im a conservative Democrate). but my God tonight on piers he put his big foot in his mouth on the issue of Guns and new gun legislation. Cars cause more deaths as guns, excuse me bone head, why are you comparing cars to guns. Cars are a part of everyday life to pump the economy with the workers who run it, and is a privalidge and not a right, Alot of people forget it. You are held accountable for your car, you better believe it.had a ticket lately. You pay car insurance , yes. He says why would a criminal buy a gun and go through a backgroud check, YES EXACTLY, they but it from a private owner who does or dosent know better, point blank, there it is, no arguement. If you disagree with that true fact you just dont care, you just want to argue with anyone about anything, your life is unbearably painful. And.....he says " why would I want to go through a back ground check buying a gun form my brother? Really Newt, maybe your whacked, got a mental disorder after all these years in Congress. And were talking about every household in America who has a gun and might sell it, We Want To Know Where That Gun Is Going, Period!

    April 5, 2013 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul Backor

      piers brought up the comparison, not newt, and then you made a comparison, bone head.

      April 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. sql_yoda

    I never would have voted for Mr. Gingrich, until he talked about the moon base. At that moment I was totally in his corner – we need to strive to accomplish things, not just sit around... but "pretty close to correct" has me bothered in the same way his witch hunt over Clinton, which resulted in a very embarrassing impeachment vote, had me bothered. What would be different in his estimation? What is off the mark for him as far as perfect goes with regard to President Obama? Why does he say Robin is exactly right, and in the same interview, say that Obama is "close to correct?"

    Piers Morgan saw that, as evidenced by his "hmph" reaction – but didn't ask what the difference was.

    April 5, 2013 at 1:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Suzie Q

    Mr. Gingrich was on to talk about N. Korea and their crazy nuclear threats, and again, you hijacked the topic to “Guns in America”. You sounded ridiculous when you said to him that if he purchased a gun from one of his son-in-laws you’d want a background check because you’d want to know if he was a criminal or mentally sound. Mr. Gingrich explained to you some of the problems and complexities of our “current gun-check system”.

    Aside from what Mr. Gingrich told you, universal background checks will NOT pick up on the criminality and mental health deficits of everyone who obtains a gun in America. Do you really think that people known to be criminals are not going to continue to be creative about how they obtain guns? . . . and, we don’t have any kind of national registry listing everyone in America with a mental health condition. Are you really that naïve? Our federal privacy laws prevent us from accessing medical information or records on people over the age of 18. . . . even direct family members who care for mentally ill people in America can’t access any information about their loved one’s diagnosis or treatment plan. Doctors, hospitals, Social Security Department, Crisis Centers, Mental Hold Facilities, etc. will NOT divulge information. What about all of the mentally ill people in America who are not in treatment . . there’s no record of them even being mentally ill?

    Only a mentally ill person who has come in contact with our justice system would have a “record’ and there would be nothing to compel them to disclose that they were mentally ill . . just like anyone else who is arrested or goes through court proceedings is not required to disclose anything about their medical conditions or treatments. So it’s possible to have a record for criminal or civil disobedience but that record not mention that one is also mentally ill, or diabetic, or in treatment for high blood pressure . . . etc. Privacy laws

    Piers, stop presuming to know us. Americans find it offensive to our core that all of us would lose liberties because of the actions of the few. This is apparently the fundamental concept that you cannot wrap your head around . . so just STOP . . Stop applying a “hive” mentality in America where we enjoy the liberty and right to have independent action and thought. Mr. Gingrich is right . . “ Most Americans would regard your comments with amazement”.

    April 5, 2013 at 1:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Royce

    Newt hit the ball out of the park tonight when he made Piers go speechless! No easy feat for anyone. I've been saying for months that Piers Morgan, President Obama, and Diane Feinstein are doing more to promote gun sales than all the other efforts combined. Piers is THE reason why I held an AR-15 today. And contrary to what he continues to try and get people to believe, I've never been contacted by the NRA. It's NOT the NRA that's trying to promote gun sales. It's Piers and his cronies. Prior to listening to him and his total illogical ravings like a lunatic, I never even thought about owning one. Newt is absolutely right! Oh yeah, and btw Piers, thanks for letting me know how I can buy a bunch of ammunition for my guns. The stores I've been going to don't have any!

    April 5, 2013 at 2:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    I wonder why cnn won't show the last minute of the Newt interview when he owned piers when piers brought up the Catholic bishops. A bad moment for pm.

    April 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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