Harry Harris: North Korea Still a Real Threat to the US

In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, then U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris arrives at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo. Adm. (Kimimasa Mayama/Pool Photo via AP)

atynews.com – A retired Admiral and US ambassador to south korea, Harry Harris mentioned that north korea is still a real concern for the US.

Reported by Reuters on Friday (15/06/2018), Harris assessed north korea has not made a real action for the denuclearization process.

Harris, a former commander of the US Pacific Command (now the Indo-Pacific Command), also supports the suspension of joint military exercises with South Korea over with North Korea and ongoing negotiations on denuclearization.

He also questioned whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was serious about the denuclearization process.

“I believe we have to give training, a great practice, a pause to see if Kim Jong Un is actually serious about his share of the negotiations” he said.

However, Harris warned that North Korea, with about 30 to 60 nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) capable of hitting the US mainland, would remain a threat to the US and its allies until the weapons program could be verified.