To counter North Korea threat, Central Intelligence Agency sets up Korea Mission Center

Robyn Valdez
May 13, 2017

He said China has also noticed the positive signals in recent US statements expressing the willingness to solve the nuclear issue via peaceful negotiation.

The Central Intelligence Agency has created a special team dealing exclusively with North Korea in an unusual move underscoring the seriousness the United States attaches to the nuclear and missile threats from the communist nation.

Ahead of celebrations in North Korea last month for the anniversary of the birth of its founder, at which it had been expected that the country would conduct another nuclear test, Trump sent what he called an armada of navy ships to waters near the Korean peninsula.

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The timing is unlikely to be linked to any recent events but rather to better position the agency against a very real and growing threat to the United States, justifying the allocation of enough resources to a dedicated center, according to Bruce Klingner, former CIA Deputy Division Chief for Korea and senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center.

"The CIA has appointed a veteran operations officer to serve as assistant director for Korea and oversee the operations at the new mission center, the statement said".

The statement said the organizers also gave him instructions to report on the "creed" of the person who would carry out the attack "and the state of his 'brainwashing, '" and to make sure the preparations were flawless, as there could be a war if it was revealed that South Korea's intelligence agency backed the operation. "I think that's very helpful, hardline never works".

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Other centres include Mission Center for Africa, Mission Center for Counterintelligence, Mission Center for Counterterrorism and Mission Center for Near East.

"US citizens in the DPRK are at serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea's system of law enforcement", the department said. US President Donald Trump's administration has repeatedly warned that "all options are on the table" regarding North Korea. He's absorbing this stuff.

North Korea's U.N. Mission late Thursday issued a statement calling the purported plot to kill Kim a "declaration of war".

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"They're going to look for somebody with serious gravitas, who has connections and knows the players", he said.

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