Pompeo: US diplomatic opportunities in North Korea are not exhausted yet

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Candidate for the post of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US diplomatic capabilities for North Korea are not yet exhausted. However, he did not rule out under certain circumstances the possibility of preemptive strikes against the DPRK.

Speaking at the Senate Committee on International Affairs Pompeo said that the US “still has diplomatic opportunities” for the DPRK. He agreed that in the event of a war with North Korea, the consequences for the Americans would be catastrophic.

At the same time, Pompeo admitted that if there was a direct threat to the United States from Pyongyang, the US armed forces could strike. “I can imagine that the US will accept an answer that goes beyond diplomacy,” he said.

The candidacy of Pompeo is to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Affairs, it can take many days. Then the full composition of the senate will vote on it. The candidate takes office after taking the oath, which usually happens after voting in the Senate or the next day.

The head of the committee, Republican Bob Corker, had previously stated that the Chamber did not see obstacles to the approval of Pompeo. Before that, Pompeo had headed the US Central Intelligence Agency for more than a year.