US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats has warned that time is running out for the United States to act on the growing threat posed by the North Korea’s development of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), particularly as the Northeast Asian country is likely to conduct more ballistic missile tests in 2018.
“Decision time is becoming ever closer in terms of how we respond to this. Our goal is a peaceful settlement. We are using maximum pressure on North Korea in various ways,” said Coats on 13 February during a hearing of the US Senate Intelligence Committee.
The DNI stated that North Korea’s WMD programme, along with its public threats, defiance of the international community, confrontational military posturing, cyber activities, and potential for internal instability, pose “a complex and increasing threat” to US national security and interests.
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