CIA forms special unit focused on North Korea threat

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The centre would gather experienced officers from across the Central Intelligence Agency in one entity "to bring their expertise and creativity to bear against the North Korea target", it said. The center will work closely with the entire US national security community, it added.

The CIA has been establishing mission centers since 2015 to effectively manage intelligence, but the Korea Mission Center is the first country-specific unit while the others are regional or mission-specific including the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and counterterrorism. The agency added that it would be appointing a veteran agent in the field as deputy director in charge of Korea to head up the center.

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

"The new Mission Centre draws on experienced officers from across the Agency and integrates them in one entity to bring their expertise and creativity to bear against the North Korea target", the statement said.

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The statement said the organizers also gave him instructions to report on the "creed" of the person who would carry out the attack "and the state of his 'brainwashing, '" and to make sure the preparations were flawless, as there could be a war if it was revealed that South Korea's intelligence agency backed the operation.

"I think (cooperation with the South Korean National Intelligence Service) will be very high".

Kim Dong Chul, a naturalized USA citizen from South Korea and missionary, was convicted in April 2016 of being a spy and sentenced to 10 years of hard labor. State media said he was involved in the timber industry in Khabarovsk, which is one of the primary places North Koreans can go overseas to work.

North Korea, in response, has increased its missile tests and even hinted at a new nuclear test in the coming weeks. Her counterpart is Suzanne DiMaggio, director and senior fellow at a Washington D.C. -based think tank and former official in the Obama administration, said Yonhap News Agency of the Republic of Korea (ROK).

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