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CIA creates mission center focused on North Korea's nuclear threat

The CIA has established a special unit drawing from departments across the agency to analyze North Korea's nuclear weapons threat.

"Creating the Korea Mission Center allows us to more purposefully integrate and direct CIA efforts against the serious threats to the United States and its allies emanating from North Korea," CIA Director Mike Pompeo said in a statement. This is the CIA's first mission center focused solely on one country, Agence France-Presse reports, and will use employees from operations, analysis, and cyber divisions to look at information on North Korea's nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missile technology.

"Just as the threats facing our nation are dynamic, so too must the CIA continue to evolve to address them," CIA spokesman Jonathan Liu said. Experts believe that a sixth nuclear test by North Korea is imminent.