February 11, 2011 12:06
The United States' top intelligence officer says North Korea may launch additional provocations in the event of a shaky leadership transition to Kim Jong-il's third son Kim Jong-un.
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified on Thursday before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and said it is possible North Korea will launch similar attacks to last November's Yeonpyeong Island shelling to secure loyalty from the regime's elites.
As for nuclear weapons, Clapper added that the North would not use them unless driven to absolute desperation and that it wants to return to nuclear talks to regain economic aid and improve relations.
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