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North Korean nuclear disarmament unlikely, says US intelligence chief

26 October 2016

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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