US national intelligence director says it's 'decision time' on North Korea

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "World Wide Threats" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 13, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON - The US director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said on Tuesday time is running out for the United States to act on the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear programmes.

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"Decision time is coming ever closer in terms of how we respond to this," Coats said during a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. "Our goal is a peaceful settlement. We are using maximum pressure on North Korea in various ways."

Coats said earlier the United States expects additional missile tests from North Korea this year.


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