Washington, May 11: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of United States has formed a special unit with and aim to aggressively tackle North Korea’s nuclear weapons threat. Notably, on Wednesday the CIA announced that it has established a Korea Mission Center to harness the full resources, capabilities, and authorities of the Agency in addressing the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea.
CIA in press release further stated that the new Mission Center draws on experienced officers from across the Agency and integrates them in one entity to bring their expertise and creativity to bear against the North Korea target. “A veteran CIA operations officer has been selected as the new Assistant Director for Korea and presides over the Mission Center. The new Mission Center will work closely with the Intelligence Community and the entire U.S. national security community,” the press release added.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said, “Creating the Korea Mission Center allows us to more purposefully integrate and direct CIA efforts against the serious threats to the United States and its allies emanating from North Korea.” “It also reflects the dynamism and agility that CIA brings to evolving national security challenges,” he added.
Interestingly, the move comes as North Korea appears poised to undertake its sixth nuclear test, a move that would exacerbate jitters across East Asia. The US has not yet ruled out a military strike to prevent Pyongyang from advancing its nuclear capabilities. Notably, in 2015, the CIA created 10 mission centers in a modernization effort to break down the "stove-piping" of its different operations.
Notably, tensions have risen sharply in recent months after North Korea conducted two nuclear weapons tests last year and carried out a steady stream of ballistic missile tests. President Trump, who took office in January, has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile.
Seeing North Korea continuously examining nuclear weapons, United States sent their warships in the Korean peninsula which also raised tension between both countries rhetorically. Notably, North Korea regularly threatens to destroy Japan, South Korea and the United States and it showed no let-up in its belligerence after a failed missile test on Sunday, a day after putting on a huge display of missiles in Pyongyang.