The CIA has established a Korea Mission Center to address “the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by” North Korea and its unpredictable leader, the US intelligence agency announced Wednesday.
The creation of the center focusing on specific threats from the Korean peninsula will allow the CIA to “harness the full resources, capabilities, and authorities of the Agency” to deal with North Korea, according to the agency’s statement.
The center will put the forces of CIA analysts and officers side-by-side in one location to tackle the threat from Pyongyang.
“The new Mission Center 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 reads.
Former CIA senior analyst John Nixon told CNN he expected the center to issue “sitreps” — situation reports for the intelligence community and the Trump administration — possibly twice daily, indicating an around-the-clock watch by an office of significant size.
Why is it being created now?
In the statement, CIA Director Mike Pompeo says the creation of the center focuses the CIA’s efforts against the “serious threats” emerging from North Korea, which has in recent months ramped up both nuclear and missile tests in an effort to enhance its military capabilities.
“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,” Pompeo said, adding its creation “reflects the dynamism and agility that CIA brings to evolving national security challenges.”
Existing CIA Mission Centers
- Mission Center for Africa
- Mission Center for Counterintelligence
- Mission Center for Counterterrorism
- Mission Center for East Asia and Pacific
- Mission Center for Europe and Eurasia
- Mission Center for Global Issues
- Mission Center for Near East
- Mission Center for South and Central Asia
- Mission Center for Weapons and Counterproliferation
- Mission Center for Western Hemisphere