The Heat: DPRK tensions and ASEAN wrap-up

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FILE – In this July 28, 2017, file photo distributed by the North Korean government on Saturday, July 29, 2017, shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. A U.S. official says American intelligence agencies have assessed that North Korea has developed a nuclear warhead that could be fitted onto an intercontinental ballistic missile. The official says the Defense Intelligence Agency assessment, first reported by The Washington Post on Aug. 8, says North Korea has made a miniaturized nuclear warhead, but that it would still have to hurdle other technical issues before it could successfully deliver such a weapon. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

A new report in The Washington Post, said U.S. intelligence officials believe the DPRK has a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside a missile.

Then late today U.S Donald Trump spoke about the potential DPRK threat.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, sixth from left, poses with descendants and representatives of the ASEAN Founding Fathers at the closing ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting and its 50th Grand Celebration Tuesday Aug. 8, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Meanwhile, top diplomats from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and several other countries met in Manila over the past few days.

On the agenda – a number of regional issues, including efforts to manage tensions in the South China Sea.

To discuss the situation with the DRPK, CGTN’s Roee Ruttenburg reports.
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To discuss the growing DPRK and U.S. tensions and the ASEAN meeting:

  • Wang Jiangyu, an associate law professor with the National University of Singapore.
  • Sourabh Gupta, a senior fellow with the Institute for China-America Studies
  • Richard Heydarian a foreign affairs and economic analyst, focusing on the Middle East, North Africa and Asia-Pacific region
  • Qinduo Xu, a political analyst with China Radio International