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NK close to nuke that could hit Pindostan: CIA chief
AFP, Oct 20 2017

FASCHINGSTEIN: Pindostan should assume Kim Jong Un’s regime is “on the cusp” of getting a nuclear missile capable of striking pindo targets and work to prevent this, said DCI Pompeo on Thursday. He said Pres Trump is determined to prevent NK from making the breakthrough, “whether it happens on Tuesday or a month from Tuesday.” Both Pompeo and McMaster said Trump would still prefer to use sanctions and diplomacy to force Kim to come to the table to discuss disarmament, but speaking to the FDD’s National Security Summit, both also warned that the use of Pindo military force remains an option to prevent Pyongyang from acquiring a long-range nuclear missile. Pompeo said:

They are close enough now in their capabilities that from a Pindosi policy perspective, we ought to behave as if we are on the cusp of them achieving that objective. We have kept close tabs on their programme in the past, but their missile expertise is now growing too quickly to be sure when they will succeed. If you’re now talking about months, our capacity to understand that at a detailed level is in some sense irrelevant. The president’s made it very clear. He’s prepared to ensure that Kim Jong-Un doesn’t have the capacity to hold Pindostan at risk. By military force if necessary.

This week, NK’s deputy UN ambassador declared that Pyongyang would not put its nuclear arsenal nor ballistic missile programme on the table unless Faschingstein drops its “hostile” stance. And Kim’s regime has made no secret of its efforts to develop an ICBM capable of hitting CONUS cities or bases in the Pacific, conducting regular tests. McMaster told the conference that the regime would not be allowed to develop arms that would threaten Pindostan. He said:

We are not out of time but we are running out of time. The president has been very clear. He’s not going to accept this regime threatening Pindostan with nuclear weapons. There are those that say accept and deter. Well, accept and deter is unacceptable.

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