Charlottesville Unlikely to Distract North Korea, Ex-CIA Analyst Says

Judging by the coverage from the major news outlets, most of America's attention right now is focused squarely on Charlottesville, Virginia and the aftermath of a violent confrontation between white nationalists and counter-protesters there.

So focused, in fact, that it's easy to forget that the U.S. remains on the brink of potential military conflict with nuclear-armed North Korea -- a conflict that, if it were to come to pass, could claim millions of lives.

And while the American people may have shifted their attention, North Korea is unlikely to have done so, according to former CIA analyst and Korea specialist Sue Mi Terry.

She told Code and Dagger, "[North Korean leader] Kim [Jong-Un] may be slightly relieved that [U.S. President Donald] Trump is distracted, but if this incident blows over in a few days, I don't think it will have any real impact on the ongoing standoff between Washington and Pyongyang."

The North Korean government, the ex-CIA analyst said, "will probably monitor the situation a bit, but I doubt [their] calculation will change all that much."

On Thursday North Korea's state-run news agency said the country's military leaders planned to submit a proposal to Kim Jong-Un to fire four missiles near the U.S. territory of Guam. The next day, Trump told reporters, "If he [Kim] utters one threat in the form of an overt threat... if he does anything with respect to Guam, or anyplace else that’s an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast.”

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