- Title: U.S. Army general: North Korea advancing faster than expected
- Date: 27th July 2017
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (JULY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) WIDE OF EVENT AT NATIONAL PRESS CLUB (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE U.S. ARMY, GENERAL MARK MILLEY, SAYING: "Much of it is classified but it is clear, based on what happened over the July 4th weekend, that North Korea has advanced significantly and quicker than many had expected -their intercontinental ballistic missile capability that could possibly strike the United States. More to follow, but the time has shortened significantly and North Korea is a significant threat." WIDE OF ATTENDEES (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE U.S. ARMY, GENERAL MARK MILLEY, SAYING: "We're trying a wide variety of methods in the diplomatic and economic sphere. We the military fully support those. We want those to succeed. There is still time left for that to succeed. This is the pressure campaign that you read about in the media and we are fully in support of the Secretary of State and Department of State in their efforts to bring this to a peaceful resolution. However, time is running out a bit so North Korea is extremely dangerous and gets more dangerous as the weeks go by. So, we'll see on that one." ATTENDEES MILLEY AT LECTERN
- Embargoed: 10th August 2017 21:10
- Keywords: General Mark Milley Army North Korea missiles Trump
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
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- Story Text: U.S. General Mark Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, said on Thursday (July 27) that North Korea's July 4 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile showed its capabilities were advancing significantly and faster than many had expected.
Milley, in remarks to the National Press Club in Washington, said there was still time for a non-military solution to the crisis caused by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, but cautioned that "time is running out."
"North Korea is extremely dangerous and more dangerous as the weeks go by," he said.
U.S. media reported this week that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Pentagon spy agency, had assessed that North Korea would be able to field a nuclear-capable ICBM by next year, earlier than previously thought.
However, two U.S. officials said some other analysts who study North Korea's missile program did not agree with the assessment, although there was no question that Pyongyang had moved further and faster in its efforts.
U.S. officials said on Tuesday they had seen increased North Korean activity that could be preparations for another missile test within days.
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