US can’t halt North Korean nuclear arms program: Senators

Several US senators have agreed with the assessment of American intelligence agencies that the United States cannot do much to force North Korea to roll back its nuclear weapons program, a report says.

A top State Department official acknowledged in a meeting with senators on Thursday that US intelligence agencies believe North Korea will never halt its nuclear program, according to The Associated Press.

Susan Thornton, the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific, said the State Department and several federal agencies are “testing” the intelligence agencies’ conclusion on North Korea.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on US policy toward North Korea. (File photo)

She told members of the Senate Banking Committee that the Trump administration is trying to further isolate North Korea from international community and increase pressure on the…

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