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Kim Jong-un wants to hone own military reputation

25 January 2018

He said that North Korea was "a handful of months" from the ability to "hold America at risk" and he said the Central Intelligence Agency was focused on ensuring that "a year from now they are still several months away".

Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, Pompeo said Pyongyang's next logical step would be to develop an arsenal of weapons and the capability to fire multiple missiles.

Beyond that, Kim will also seek to impress upon the US and others in the region that it does indeed have the capability to strike in such a manner and inflict losses on the United States without a moment's notice, reports the Atlantic.

President Donald Trump, the Director said, was intent on finding a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

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Mr Pompeo suggested that North Korea - which has a burgeoning nuclear programme but a faltering economy - may start selling its weapons to other countries.

Without going into too much detail, Pompeo described a recent example in which CIA officers in the field were forced to close down an operations outpost, but managed the risk without losing its intelligence foothold in the region.

Pompeo said he believed that North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un would use the weapons to not only stay in power, but for the possibility of reuniting the Korean Peninsula.

Pompeo also said he has reduced the number of decisions made by the CIA director by 40%, outsourcing them to speed up the agency's ability to act and encouraging this attitude across the agency.

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The report comes one day after news broke that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump appears to call out Samsung over missing Federal Bureau of Investigation text messages Sessions: Trump following through on promise to lower crime Stakes intensify: Mueller seeks to question Trump MORE was interviewed last week in the Mueller probe, which is investigating, among other things, possible connections between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

"There is much effort all across the USA government to ensure that Americans don't have to feel at risk", Pompeo said. "So if someone asks me as the senior intelligence leader of the CIA, can you guarantee this [would be uncovered], I would say absolutely not". "We're able to convince him that the facts that we are delivering impact his capacity to inform his mission".

North Korea said on Tuesday it had a "powerful and reliable" nuclear deterrent to thwart any attack and accused the United States of deploying military assets nearby under the pretext of ensuring security at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The assessment follows a disclosure by North Korean state media this week that Pyongyang is changing the date of the KPA's establishment, which previously fell on April 25, to February 8.

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He said Trump often presses for more information on a topic, naming specifically humanitarian issues in Yemen, where a three-year bombing campaign by USA ally Saudi Arabia has devastated the civilian population, and Venezuela, where he said the president "was dissatisfied with the information we presented him". It's unclear how well the United States could defend against multiple missiles fired from North Korea at the same time. The resolution was rejected, but the United Nations in December imposed sanctions on North Korea aimed at cutting off fuel and oil supplies, which served as a key source of revenue for Kim Jong Un's nuclear and missile defense programs.

Kim Jong-un wants to hone own military reputation