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13 May 2017, 01:43 | Ruby West
President Moon Jae-in
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) announced on Tuesday that it has established an independent organization to monitor the "serious threats" posed by North Korea to the United States.
The US has an annual surge in tensions with North Korea around the late winter and early spring, though this year's has been much more extensive, with President Trump openly talking up a military "solution" to the North Korea issue, and hyping the deployment of a US "armada" to their coast. With an unnamed veteran at the helm of the specially created mission force, it will consolidate the agency's resources in addressing the increasing threats from Pyongyang.
North Korea has denounced the naval maneuver as an act of aggression and threatened a nuclear strike against the US if provoked.
Washington, Beijing, and Seoul have already threatened to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang if the country attempts further nuclear or long-range missile tests.
The State Department issued a sharp warning to Americans on Tuesday (May 9) against travel to North Korea after the arrest of a fourth U.S. citizen, cautioning against the "serious risk" of lengthy detention and "unduly harsh sentences".
The North, however, defends its right to develop nuclear and ballistic technology as a deterrent against the USA and its regional allies.
"It is an exercise of the legitimate right of a sovereign state to deal with the criminals according to its law. It is the only way to protect the peace of the Korean Peninsula and the region", Choe told Sky on Wednesday. In 2014, there was a data-deletion attack against a US -based casino.
"For China's own national security interests, it's time to act", Susan Shirk, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state in charge of East Asia, said in a talk at Peking University on Tuesday, the same day China announced that a North Korean delegation had been invited to attend an upcoming summit on China's belt and road global trade initiative.
Last week, North Korea's Ministry of State Security claimed that a CIA-supported terrorist cell managed to infiltrate the secretive state with the goal to assassinate their supreme leader through the use of "biochemical substances".
A veteran CIA operations officer has been selected as the new assistant director for Korea and presides over the mission center, the statement said without identifying the officer, adding that the team will work closely with the intelligence community and the entire United States national security community.
"I think its very interesting that this happened and now we have (newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in) who says he want a different relationship with Pyongyang".
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