North Korea demands handover of suspects in assassination plot

"The new Mission Centre draws on experienced officers from across the Agency and integrates them in one entity to bring their expertise and creativity to bear against the North Korea target", the statement said.

Why is it being created now?

The CIA created its first single country-focused mission center, pulling together resources from a range of units to collect and analyze information on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missile technology that could extend its military threat across the Pacific.

"Creating the Korea Mission Center allows us to more purposefully integrate and direct CIA efforts against the serious threats to the United States and its allies emanating from North Korea", CIA Director Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Wednesday.

The new office will "work closely with the intelligence community and the entire USA national security community", the CIA statement said.

The North further said that a South Korean agent named Jo Ki Chol and a "secret agent" named Xu Guanghai, director general of the Qingdao NAZCA Trade Co.

"They agreed it would be important for the worldwide community to continue to pursue a robust response to North Korean violations of UN Security Council resolutions and other global obligations".

China also hopes the new South Korean government attaches importance to China's concerns and takes steps to promote the stable and healthy development of ties, Xi said.

"I think they are trying to incent the Chinese to change their view of this". So, they've been unwilling to do tough things with the regime because it might collapse the regime - then you've got refugee flows and a long, unstable, border. He's absorbing this stuff.

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation this month to tighten sanctions by targeting North Korea's shipping industry and companies that do business it.

He added that the Central Intelligence Agency is looking to "beef up" its Seoul station, including the appointment of a new, high-profile station chief in Seoul.

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