U.S. National Intelligence Director Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday during its annual worldwide threats hearing that North Korea's weapons of mass destruction will pose a significant danger to the U.S. and its allies in the near future.
"North Korea will be the most volatile and confrontational WMD (weapons of mass destruction) threat in the coming year," Coats said. "In addition to its ballistic missile tests and growing number of nuclear warheads for these missiles, North Korea will continue its long-standing chemical and biological warfare programs also."
Coats said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is determined to develop long-range nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S., which Coats said Kim views as critical to his country's security.
"Kim also probably sees nuclear ICBMs as leverage to achieve his long term strategic ambition to end Seoul’s alliance with Washington and to eventually dominate the (Korean) peninsula."
Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo