North Korea 'months' away from capability to nuke US, CIA director says

13:07 • 20.10.17



North Korea could acquire the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon to the United States within "months," a top American spy official said Thursday, according to the Washington Examiner.


"It is the case that they are close enough now in their capabilities that from a U.S. policy perspective, we ought to behave as if we are on the cusp of them achieving that objective," Pompeo said during a question-and-answer session hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.


"When you're now talking about months, our capacity to understand that at the detailed level is in some sense irrelevant," he said. "Whether it happens on Tuesday or a month from Tuesday, we are at a time where the president has concluded that we need a global effort to ensure that Kim Jong Un doesn't have that capacity."


Pompeo's artful assessment didn't disguise the urgency of the North Korea nuclear threat, as he allowed that "intelligence is imperfect" but emphasized that every nuclear weapon or ballistic missile test heightens the danger posed by the regime.


North Korea rattled the world with an unprecedented intercontinental ballistic missile test, followed by repeated launches of missiles over Japan in defiance of international sanctions.


"They are closer now than they were five years ago, and I expect they will be closer in five months than they are today, absent a global effort to push back against them," CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday. "It's now a matter of thinking about, how do you stop the final step?"


The Trump administration has seen some success in rallying a "peaceful pressure" campaign, buttressed by dramatic shows of force in the region. The United Nations Security Council has passed stiff new sanctions designed to starve the North Korea of the finances necessary to fund the weapons programs.


Even those sanctions were gentler than the United States and western allies sought, however. Russia and China, which have long provided economic lifelines to North Korea, endorsed some sanctions but barred the UN from passing a total oil embargo and other measures.


Those countries have blamed the United States for the escalating crisis, even when they are willing to impose new sanctions. "Beefing up a military deployment around the peninsula is not in the interests of realizing denuclearization of the peninsula and maintaining peace and stability," a Chinese diplomat said in August.

 





LATEST NEWSAll Today news

11:56 • 18/01

US Congressman Pallone  calls for unrestricted travel and communication between US and Artsakh

11:52 • 18/01

Over 50 people killed after bus catches fire in Kazakhstan

11:31 • 18/01

Soldier wounded in Azerbaijani gunfire in Armenia’s Tavush

11:06 • 18/01

Germany's Merkel defends EU-Turkey refugee deal

10:56 • 18/01

Serzh Sargsyan to address PACE Winter Session on Jan 24

10:24 • 18/01

Armenia committed to future progress in Karabakh talks – Nalbandian

09:32 • 18/01

Iran to register Armenian cathedral as UNESCO world heritage site

09:13 • 18/01

Catalan lawmakers elect separatist speaker

17:58 • 17/01

Parliament oversight to ensure more effective implementation of intn’l treaties - Ashotyan

17:08 • 17/01

Erdogan eyes meeting with Pope as ‘gateway to reconciliation with Armenia’ – REGNUM

16:41 • 17/01

Mkhitaryan reveals he is Arsenal fan as Manchester Utd ace closes in on move

16:33 • 17/01

Smartphone app used to end abduction in Belgium

16:27 • 17/01

Ex-CIA officer held for helping China

16:13 • 17/01

World’s biggest underwater cave discovered in Mexico

15:46 • 17/01

Nagorno-Karabakh listed as UN priority for 2018

15:17 • 17/01

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt dies

14:56 • 17/01

New bid proposes splitting California into two states

14:25 • 17/01

Russian flight from Mexico postponed due to 'order to deport four Armenians'  

14:00 • 17/01

Converse Bank launches mobile service

13:07 • 17/01

Samsung designs 2018 Winter Olympics edition Galaxy Note 8

12:46 • 17/01

Oil prices give up early gains, but market still well supported

12:31 • 17/01

Turkey to co-finance European bank projects

12:05 • 17/01

Executive's opinion important in parliament debates addressing price hike - economist

11:00 • 17/01

Catholicos Aram I Declares 2018 ‘The Year of Independence’ 

10:48 • 17/01

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West announce birth of third child

10:30 • 17/01

Bitcoin falls 7 percent on extended selloff

10:14 • 17/01

Zhamanak: Serzh Sargsyan has high chances to be Armenia’s prime minister – Russian analyst

10:01 • 17/01

Nestle planning sale of US confectionary business

09:32 • 17/01

Pope Francis meets sex abuse victims in Chile

09:13 • 17/01

White House doctor says Trump’s cognitive ability ‘is normal’

18:06 • 16/01

Erdogan to visit Pope in the Vatican, Latin American countries

17:46 • 16/01

Bitcoin slides 18 percent on crackdown fears

17:24 • 16/01

New tax policies ‘special campaign’ against SMEs in Armenia – opposition MP

16:32 • 16/01

Columbia motorway bridge collapses, killing nine

16:11 • 16/01

Serbian party leader reported killed in Kosovo 

15:51 • 16/01

Armenian economist critical of price hike linked to State Budget

15:03 • 16/01

Soldier reported killed in Karabakh 'committed suicide'  

14:24 • 16/01

Barcelona reject Inter's 20m Euro offer for Rafinha

14:09 • 16/01

Teenage Italian model 'auctioning virginity' for Cambridge studies  

13:57 • 16/01

Kevin Spacey accused of racism

13:47 • 16/01

Baku hails Lavrov's statement on Karabakh peace

13:27 • 16/01

Lebanese-Armenian businessman selling stake in Beirut hotel

13:18 • 16/01

Nalbandian, Mammadyarov to meet in Krakow on Jan 18

13:06 • 16/01

Armenian drivers protest hike in diesel fuel prices

12:33 • 16/01

Armenian private reported killed in Nagorno-Karabakh

12:15 • 16/01

ANCA urges US TV channel to apologize for reprehensible remark on Armenians

11:49 • 16/01

Armenia named 'Partly Free' country in Freedom House report

10:55 • 16/01

Armenian parliament condemns Yezidi genocide

10:29 • 16/01

Human factor behind Black Death pandemic, study reveals

10:09 • 16/01

168 Zham: Paul Goble rules out major breakthrough in Karabakh peace

09:22 • 16/01

Residential block collapses in Antwerp explosion

09:12 • 16/01

Trump blames Senator Durbin for blowing immigration deal

18:18 • 15/01

Armenia needs drastic reforms in military  - public activist

16:42 • 15/01

Qatari royal says he is 'being held against his will' in UAE

16:35 • 15/01

Australian Open 2018: Nadal beats Victor Estrella Burgos in first round

16:21 • 15/01

Tsarukyan to fund Olympic center project in Armenian resort

15:51 • 15/01

LA Times journalist writes book about Kirk Kerkorian

14:50 • 15/01

Parties to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are themselves responsible for final peace – Lavrov

13:37 • 15/01

Armenian parliament rejects opposition bill proposing lower income taxes

12:12 • 15/01

Iran’s Rouhani to visit Azerbaijan in March

11:11 • 15/01

Messi breaks Muller goal record with 366th league coal for Barcelona

10:59 • 15/01

Car goes airborne in Los Angeles, crashing into 2nd-floor dental office in Santa Ana

10:45 • 15/01

Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' faces ban in Lebanon

10:35 • 15/01

Brent crude oil rises to $70 on output cuts

10:21 • 15/01

El Al Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Goose Bay, Canada

10:04 • 15/01

Trump on Hawaii false missile alert: 'They made a mistake'

09:28 • 15/01

US to use 30,000 border troops for security in Syria

09:13 • 15/01

Donald Trump denies being racist after shithole claims

14:59 • 13/01

Premature baby born less than a pound ‘smallest ever’ to survive

14:34 • 13/01

Azerbaijani journalist kidnapped in Georgia gets six years in jail  

14:05 • 13/01

Nagorno-Karabakh reports 200 Azerbaijani ceasefire violations  

13:37 • 13/01

Greta Gerwig, Mira Sorvino say they'll ‘never work’ with Woody Allen again

13:20 • 13/01

Turkey is ‘much safer’ than US, says Chavushoglu

13:00 • 13/01

EU hails Italy’s commitment to Karabakh peace

12:38 • 13/01

Zuckerberg’s change of heart just cost him $3.3 billion

12:27 • 13/01

Toll in California mudslides rises to 18

12:17 • 13/01

Iran vows retaliation against US sanctions

12:05 • 13/01

Russian-Azerbaijani arms trade ‘potentially explosive’ for region – Armenian military expert

10:40 • 13/01

Saudi women make history at football game

10:22 • 13/01

NASA reveals spring starshade animation

09:49 • 13/01

20-year-old Florida man wins $451m  jackpot

09:44 • 13/01

Chile churches attacked before Pope Francis' visit

09:33 • 13/01

US to approve Iran deal for last time

09:11 • 13/01

African countries ask Trump to apologize for foul language

18:14 • 12/01

Two prominent Russian-Armenians among Putin’s proxies in 2018 presidential campaign

17:39 • 12/01

Armenian authorities fail to protect women victims of domestic violence - HRW  

17:18 • 12/01

OSCE re-elects Kasprzyk as top aide to Chairperson-in-Office

16:47 • 12/01

Germany’s Merkel welcomes breakthrough in coalition talks

16:19 • 12/01

Armenian civic group protests ban on import of RHD cars

15:46 • 12/01

Genocide recognition and aid to Artsakh: ANCA outlines 2018 advocacy priorities

15:12 • 12/01

Armenia among most popular Christmas season destinations attracting Russian tourists  

14:18 • 12/01

Armenian premier to attend 2018 Davos World Economic Forum

13:39 • 12/01

Turkey angered by US travel warnings

13:09 • 12/01

Today marks third anniversary of Gyumri family murder

11:57 • 12/01

Political developments in Turkey 'increasingly important' for Armenia – expert

11:07 • 12/01

Global stocks resume ascent on earnings hopes as Euro gets lift from ECB

10:59 • 12/01

Queen Elizabeth gives rare personal account of her coronation in BBC documentary

10:51 • 12/01

Arsenal prepare for Sanchez exit

10:32 • 12/01

Trump cancels visit to London amid fears of mass protests

10:15 • 12/01

World's first real marble poker cards revealed