CIA Opens South Korea Mission Center to Address DPRK Threat

"Just as the threats facing our nation are dynamic, so too must the Central Intelligence Agency continue to evolve to address them", Central Intelligence Agency spokesman Jonathan Liu said.

"The new Mission Center will work closely with the Intelligence Community and the entire US national security community", the CIA said.

Why is it being created now?

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, center, looks at damage from a 2010 North Korean artillery and rocket attack on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea, Sunday, April 30, 2017.

"The CIA has appointed a veteran operations officer to serve as assistant director for Korea and oversee the operations at the new mission center, the statement said".

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Usually, such mission centres are stand-alone units which focus on specific issues integrating CIA's assets.

The new office will "work closely with the intelligence community and the entire USA national security community", the CIA statement said.

The South Korean intelligence service said the charge was "groundless".

"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.

"This threat is very real", he told the committee, "I wouldn't say, despite the fact that it has fallen out of the headlines for the moment, that there's any decreased risk associated with threat from Kim Jong-un".

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Kim Dong Chul, a naturalized US citizen from South Korea and missionary, was convicted in April 2016 of being a spy and sentenced to 10 years of hard labor.

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

"US citizens in the DPRK are at serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea's system of law enforcement", the department said. He's absorbing this stuff. Last month, North Korea conducted two failed mid-range missile tests.

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

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