CIA Director Says North Korea’s Missile Program Is More Advanced Than We Thought

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 01/23/2018

The worst-case scenario for North Korea’s missile program is about to become a reality.

During an interview with CBS This Morning on Monday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo repeated his claim that a nuclear North Korea is only a “handful of months” away from being able to strike the US, according to a new report. Previously, the public estimates from the intelligence community were that North Korea still has at least a year to go before it would acquire the capacity to launch a nuclear strike on the Continental US with a high degree of accuracy.

Pompeo added that the US government is working diligently to extend the timeline, while his interviewer, CBS’s Norah O’Donnell pointed out that he said the same thing a few months prior. Pompeo acknowledged this: “It’s true,” he said.

“I hope to be able to say that a year from now as well,” Pompeo said.

O’DONNELL: This September Kim Jong Un detonated a sixth nuclear bomb. … Did we know that was coming?

POMPEO: Yes. Here’s what we can say. We can always identify that the program is continuing. … We’ll never know the exact nature of what’s taking place. We’ll never know the exact moment that they’re going to continue. But the core risk that the policymakers needed to know was that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is continuing to expand, advance, become more powerful, more capable, more reliable. Each of those things had been shared with policymakers.

O’DONNELL: So to be clear, how close is Kim Jong Un to being able to deliver a nuclear attack to the territorial United States?

POMPEO: A handful of months.

O’DONNELL: But correct me if I’m wrong. I do believe you have used that phrase, more than six months ago, you said a handful of months –

POMPEO: It’s true. I hope to be able to say it a year from now as well. … The United States government is working diligently to extend that timeline.

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