Reuters: Getting North Korea to give up nuclear bomb probably 'lost cause': U.S. spy chief
The U.S. policy of trying to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons "is probably a lost cause" and the best that could be hoped for is a cap on the country's nuclear capability, the Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper said on Tuesday.
However, underscoring conflicting views in the Obama administration, the State Department said U.S. policy was unchanged and continued to be to seek the "verifiable denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula.
President Barack Obama has repeatedly stated that the United States will never accept North Korean as a nuclear-armed state.
Clapper made clear at an event at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in New York he did not think that the policy the administration has stuck to, in spite of repeated North Korean nuclear tests, was realistic.
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Update: The White House is distancing itself from the Director's comments .... US Still Committed to Denuclearization Process in North Korea (Sputnik).
Update #2: This is probably the reason why Director Clapper made the remarks on North Korea that he did today .... North Korea Stresses Security Fears in Informal U.S. Talks (Bloomberg).