Ex-Israeli intelligence chief: US ‘ostensibly’ needs preemptive strike on North Korea


(JNS.org) Former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin floated the option of a U.S. preemptive strike on North Korea if the Americans are capable of doing so. 

Former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin. Credit: R.D. Ward via Wikimedia Commons.

The former intelligence leader’s comments came after North Korea claimed to have conducted its sixth nuclear test Sunday, purportedly detonating a hydrogen bomb, and prompting a warning from the U.S. of a “massive military response.”

Yadlin told Israel’s 103FM Radio, which is affiliated with the Maariv newspaper, that President Donald Trump “needs, ostensibly, a preemptive strike” to inhibit North Korea’s ability to further develop its nuclear weapons capability. Yadlin, who now serves as the director of Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, added that such a “complex” strike would depend entirely upon “excellent intelligence.”

“If, after such an attack, a missile is launched against him (Trump), then there is no point in attacking,” he said. “The question is whether the United States has the intelligence to allow it to carry out a preemptive strike that will destroy North Korea’s capabilities.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry Monday condemned Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test, saying the move “constitutes yet another example of North Korea’s aggressive pattern of behavior.”

Posted on September 4, 2017 .