No Danger of Another Korean War, CIA Chief Says

Washington's spy chief says recent clashes related to North Korea's sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in late March are unlikely to fuel a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

On ABC's "This Week," CIA Director Leon Panetta speculated North Korea's recent torpedo attack may be part of its leader Kim Jong-il's efforts to "establish credibility" for his youngest son and likely successor Jong-un.

Panetta then said while there have been a series of provocations and skirmishes involving the North over the years the "rogue regime" has a tendency to back away from the brink in the end.

He added, however, that ongoing preparations for the power transfer make the present time a "dangerous period."

Arirang News / Jun. 28, 2010 12:09 KST