An intelligence expert has just confirmed that North Korea could be able to hit the U.S. by the end of the year.
“It is the case that they are close enough now in their capabilities that from a U.S. policy perspective, we ought to behave as if we are on the cusp of them achieving that objective,” CIA Director Mike Pompeo warned on Thursday.
He told the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that North Korea’s nuclear warhead delivery program is not a laughing matter anymore, yet, it’s something that could legitimately target the United States soil.
“When you’re now talking about months, our capacity to understand that at the detailed level is in some sense irrelevant,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Whether it happens on Tuesday or a month from Tuesday, we are at a time where the president has concluded that we need a global effort to ensure that Kim Jong Un doesn’t have that capacity,” Pompeo said.
However, many people believed that while Pyongyang was dangerous only to its Asian neighbors, and that the US was kept safe by the wide Pacific ocean.
“They are closer now than they were five years ago, and I expect they will be closer in five months than they are today, absent a global effort to push back against them. It’s now a matter of thinking about, ‘how do you stop the final step?’”, Pompeo said, referring to the actual launch of a nuclear missile toward the United States or its allies.
“It’s one thing to be able to deliver a single missile along a certain set of trajectories to a certain destination,” Pompeo added.
He continued, “Even once you hit the he-can-do-it-once moment, there’s great risk that proceeds from the continuation of the development of those programs that far exceeds the moment that there is a consensus revolving around whether (Kim) can reliably pull it off for a single missile system.”