The US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said on 25 October that Washington's goal of persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons is "probably a lost cause", Associated Press reported.
"They are under siege and they are very paranoid, so the notion of giving up their nuclear capability … is a nonstarter with them," Clapper said in New York, adding that the best the US could hope for was a cap on Pyongyang's capabilities.
Clapper said Washington already operates on the assumption Pyongyang potentially has the capability to launch a missile that could reach parts of the United States.
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