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Scott W. Bray - Speech to the Institute for Corean-American Studies: North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons and Missile Capability Scott W. Bray - Speech to the Institute for Corean-American Studies: North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons and Missile Capability

Speech to the Institute for Corean-American Studies:
North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons
and Missile Capability

Scott W. Bray
National Intelligence Manager for East Asia

June 26, 2017

 

Thank you for being here today and allowing me to share some thoughts regarding North Korea. Before I discuss the role my office plays in the intelligence community and the threat posed by North Korea, I’d like to pause for a moment to acknowledge the passing of Otto Warmbier and ask you to remember that there are three other American citizens amongst those North Korea holds captive. As President Trump said on June 19th, “the United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”

 

As the National Intelligence Manager for East Asia, I work for the Director of National Intelligence and am responsible for integrating the Intelligence Community’s collection, analysis, counter-intelligence and budgetary approach for East Asian issues. National Intelligence Managers also serve as the bridge between policymakers and the Intelligence Community to orient and guide collection and analytic needs. One of my key responsibilities is to identify gaps between what our policy makers need and what the Intelligence Community can provide to close these gaps.

 

With that as my job description, I can certainly tell you that this is an interesting time to work East Asia – especially since my responsibilities include North Korea. There are few issues that garner the same level of attention at the highest levels of government – and few issues have been such a high priority throughout our recent Presidential transition. North Korea is one of the Trump Administration’s top national security priorities – just as it was for the Obama Administration. North Korea is a belligerent state actor that continues to be a critical security challenge because of the threat it poses to the United States, our allies, and the region...

 

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