Military Official: US Could Destroy N. Korean Nuclear Infrastructure

A TOP US spy chief said North Korea could have a nuclear missile capable of striking the US "in a handful of months".

Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo says North Korean missiles could be capable of hitting the U.S. within "months" North Korea has ramped up its missile development programme in recent years.

"We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from happening", Trump said Tuesday night in his State of the Union address.

It come as retired US Army General Jack Keane warned that North Korea could launch "another missile test" during the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month. He also cautioned that "complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation".

'Finally, we are joined by one more witness to the ominous nature of this regime. "We've never liked them", he said. North and South Korea have also introduced regular, bilateral talks about the North's proposed inclusion in the games.

In February, South Korea's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will kick off, and the US and South Korea will hold off on military drills, a main irritant in relations with the North, until mid March. The soldier had to be rescued by South Korean commandos.

After condemning multiple dictatorships and oppressive regimes, Trump turned his attention to North Korea.

"In the roiling unpredictability of today's world, to upgrade the capability of our country's deterrence strategy, to support our great power position. we must strengthen the reliability and trustworthiness of our nuclear deterrence and nuclear counterstrike capabilities", it said. "But apart from that, we can practically provide any conveniences they might need as the USA has welcomed the North's participation as well".

The article highlighted the military drills held by the US and South Korea as largely responsible for escalating tension.

Mr. Trump made no mention of pressure on his administration to to level new sanctions against Russian officials and entities over the meddling allegations. The event, which will be hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will take place between February 9-27. He now has a new leg and works to resettle fellow defectors and broadcast information into North Korea.

Despite the decision not to pronounce new sanctions, Monday the Trump administration released a list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 "oligarchs".

"The North, in the notice, said our press was fanning public opinion that insults the North's honest efforts made for the Pyeongchang Olympics and even took issue with the North's internal celebratory event, leaving the North no choice but to cancel the agreed-upon event", the Unification Ministry said in a statement.

The problem of vacant ambassador posts is compounded by a steady exodus of diplomats from the State Department, where morale has withered under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's plan to cut the agency by as much as a third.

  • Leroy Wright