Ex-Is­raeli in­tel­li­gence chief rec­om­mends US pre­emp­tively strike North Korea

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(JNS.org) For­mer IDF in­tel­li­gence chief Amos Yadlin said Sun­day that the U.S. should launch a pre­emp­tive strike on North Korea if it is ca­pa­ble of do­ing so.

The for­mer in­tel­li­gence leader’s com­ments came af­ter North Korea claimed to have con­ducted its sixth nu­clear test Sun­day, pur­port­edly det­o­nat­ing a hy­dro­gen bomb, and prompt­ing a warn­ing from the U.S. of a “mas­sive mil­i­tary re­sponse.”

Yadlin’s com­ments, rec­om­mend­ing that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump “make a pre­emp­tive strike” to in­hibit North Korea’s abil­ity to fur­ther de­velop its nu­clear weapons ca­pa­bil­ity, were made dur­ing an in­ter­view with Is­rael’s 103FM Ra­dio. Yadlin, who now serves as the di­rec­tor of Is­rael’s In­sti­tute for Na­tional Se­cu­rity Stud­ies (INSS), added that such a “com­plex” strike would de­pend en­tirely upon “ex­cel­lent in­tel­li­gence.”

“If, af­ter such an at­tack, a mis­sile is launched against him (Trump), then there is no point in at­tack­ing,” he said. “The ques­tion is whether the United States has the in­tel­li­gence to al­low it to carry out a pre­emp­tive strike that will de­stroy North Korea’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

Is­rael’s For­eign Min­istry Mon­day con­demned Py­ongyang’s lat­est nu­clear test, say­ing the move “con­sti­tutes yet an­other ex­am­ple of North Korea’s ag­gres­sive pat­tern of be­hav­ior.”

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