North Korea calls US-South Korea plot a 'declaration of war'

Bye-bye Blue House as S. Korean leader shuns imperial home

Tensions over North Korea have risen recently, with mixed messages from US President Donald Trump. Speaking at a Senate intelligence hearing on Thursday local time, along with the heads of five other US intelligence agencies, the CIA Director said regional flash point including the Korean Peninsula could trigger a major conflict.

The CIA announced that the Korea Mission Centre will "harness the full resources, capabilities and authorities" of the agency to handle the situation emerging from North Korea's belligerence.

The agency has failed to specify where the center will be located, but the statement noted that a "veteran CIA operations officer" was selected to act as head of the center and as an Assistant Director for Korea.

"Creating the Korea Mission Centre allows us to more purposefully integrate and direct Central Intelligence Agency efforts against the serious threats to the United States and its allies emanating from North Korea", he 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 ideal, as there could be a war if it was revealed that South Korea's intelligence agency backed the operation.

The presidential Blue House in Seoul South Korea
The presidential Blue House in Seoul South Korea

North Korea is the "highest priority" of the intelligence community, explained Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

"The risks remain", explained Pompeo, adding that in addition to ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, there is also the threat that regional flash points could trigger a major conflict. "I think that's very helpful, hardline never works".

"It's not an easy regime to collect information on, but we're not getting the information out of there that we should".

North Korea has conducted a series of ballistic missile tests in recent weeks, prompting sharp rebuke from the Trump administration. He's absorbing this stuff.

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

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