Central Intelligence Agency director says North Korean missiles are for 'coercion' and not defense

26 January, 2018, 03:01 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Director Mike Pompeo testifies before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington

CIA director Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the agency had, until a year ago, not been paying enough attention to North Korea, even as the Hermit Kingdom worked to advance its weapons capability.

"We are concerned that he may not be getting really good, accurate information", Pompeo said in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute. And he said Pyongyang's next likely move would be development of an arsenal of weapons and setting up a system to launch multiple missiles.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration is working to curb North Korea's proliferation effort aimed at raising cash amid crippling worldwide sanctions.

The CIA chief also noted that Kim appears to seek Korean reunification on his terms, not just protection of his regime, by pursuing the nuclear capability.

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"Thus the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) at last came to possess a powerful and reliable war deterrent, which no force and nothing can reverse", he told the Geneva forum, as quoted by Reuters.

Questions about Trump's understanding capacity were also raised when National Security Council officials told reporters in May, 2017 that they had to use the president's name in "as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he's mentioned" and that they had to use visuals aids to keep the POTUS engaged.

North Korea sent a rare announcement addressed to "all Koreans at home and abroad" on Thursday, saying they should make a "breakthrough" for unification without the help of other countries, its state media said.

"We are equally at the same time assuring that if we conclude that is not possible that we present the President with a range of options that can achieve what is his stated intention", Pompeo added.

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"This is a risky act of throwing a wet blanket over the current positive atmosphere of inter-Korean relations, which could drive the situation again into an extreme phase of confrontation", Han said of us military deployments. I said that was a handful of months. Conservative legislators in Seoul have already suggested that the U.S. re-deploy its nuclear weapons to South Korea or allow them to develop their own, according to Reuters.

"US policy is we will denuclearize. but if it's the case, in the event we haven't gotten there. We put together a team of hundreds, worked every intelligence channel, and in short order delivered to the president the three basic facts with some certainty", said Pompeo.

The CIA chief, a former GOP Congressman, is one of the president's biggest supporters in the administration, and has even lied to protect him.

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