The US director of national intelligence says North Korea poses an existential threat to the United States.
Speaking at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual hearing on “Worldwide Threats” on Tuesday, Dan Coats warned that time is running out for Washington to decide how it wants to respond to Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
“Decision time is becoming ever closer in terms of how we respond to this,” Coats said. “Our goal is a peaceful settlement. We are using maximum pressure on North Korea in various ways.”
Coats added that the North’s nuclear drive is a problem for the United States.
He claimed the US wants to settle the issue peacefully, and to do so it uses maximum pressure in various ways.
Coats also told the American senators that they expect North Korea to launch additional missile tests this year.
“In the wake of accelerated missile testing since 2016, North Korea is likely to press ahead with more…