The creation of the centre focusing on specific threats, will allow the Central Intelligence Agency to "harness the full resources, capabilities, and authorities" to deal with North Korea, CNN quoted the statement as saying late Wednesday. This comes after satellite images showed the reclusive state building artificial islands in the Yellow Sea and installing military equipment likely capable of launching nuclear missiles. "It also reflects the dynamism and agility that Central Intelligence Agency brings to evolving national security challenges".
The agency has not revealed where exactly the mission centre, the CIA's 11th such unit, will be headquartered.
The official, who was next to Moon as he spoke with Trump, also said the US president mentioned the trade issue "in a light fashion, mentioning it on a principle level" and added that the "focus was on the North Korean nuclear issue".
North Korea claims the primary suspect is a man it has identified only by the ubiquitous surname "Kim".
"They have observation areas, for someone like Kim Jong Un to observe a missile launch", said Ryan Barenklau, chief executive of Strategic Sentinel, the intelligence firm that analyzed the images, according to reports. These operations will "begin immediately", KCNA reported at the time.More news: UK man held near May's office appears in court on terrorism charge
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However, Damen Cook, lead research associate at Stategic Sentinel, said the objective of the artificial islands could also be entirely different from military purposes. North Korea has any role in the killing. "It is entirely possible that these islands are part of a land reclamation project for agricultural or other civilian purposes which has nothing to do with military applications and never will".
North Korea is pursuing the extradition of anyone who participated in what the country has claimed to be a CIA-supported plot to kill leader Kim Jong Un.
Japanese officials have described the first telephone call between new South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe as "positive and meaningful", with the two agreeing to cooperate closely to deal with North Korea. Last week, it said the United States and South Korea should "execute" those involved in the purported plot.
"We congratulate President-elect Moon Jae-in and join the people of South Korea in celebrating their peaceful, democratic transition of power", Spicer told reporters. "We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very hard".