Kim Jong Un may very well be slinking away to some clandestine hiding place in recent days, but that hasn’t stopped the CIA from getting serious about the threat posed by the diminutive dictator.
After spending much of the last few months constantly provoking the United States and her allies, often through a series of failed weapons tests aimed at magnifying their military might, North Korea’s “supreme” leader has been eerily quiet in recent days. Given the immense military buildup just offshore and across her borders, North Korea is fairly well covered by foreign tactical experts and scouts ready to pounce should Kim attempt anything foolish.
Now, even with the situation seemingly deescalating on the Korean Peninsula, the CIA is following through with plans for a secret outpost used to monitor the situation in the reclusive nation.
“Many of the details about the center are not yet known. It is led by an unnamed CIA veteran, who was tapped as the new assistant director for Korea. The CIA offshoot will work closely with the intelligence and national security community, the agency said.
“’Creating the Korea Mission Center allows us to more purposefully integrate and direct CIA efforts against the serious threats to the United States and its allies emanating from North Korea,’ CIA Director Mike Pompeo said in a statement. ‘It also reflects the dynamism and agility that CIA brings to evolving national security challenges.’”
Certainly, the presence of several nations’ worth of military hardware within miles of the hermit kingdom has led to a virtual shushing of Kim Jong Un’s usual snarky bravado. Now, however, with the CIA looking to get intimately involved, Kim and company will now have an entirely new set of worries to contemplate, given the agency’s rumored capabilities.
While the despotic dictator will be directing his military to look to the seas for trouble, Kim himself may need to be looking over his shoulder for the foreseeable future.