美国:朝鲜距离有能力用核导弹袭击美国只有数月时间

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年10月20日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

美国国防部长马蒂斯在白宫外面就朝核危机升级对媒体记者发表谈话,参谋长联席会议主席邓福德在旁边(2017年9月3日)
美国国防部长马蒂斯在白宫外面就朝核危机升级对媒体记者发表谈话,参谋长联席会议主席邓福德在旁边(2017年9月3日)

两名美国高级官员表示,朝鲜可能距离有能力使用核导弹袭击美国仅有数月的时间。

美国中央情报局局长蓬佩奥星期四在华盛顿的一次论坛会议上说,他对来自朝鲜不断增加的威胁以及可能在东亚引发核军备竞赛“深感担忧”。

蓬佩奥在被问及平壤寻求获得可以袭击美国目标的导弹技术时说,“我们应当表现得好像我们自己在着手实现这些目标一样,有紧迫感”。

他补充说,“目前他们一直在寻求这个目标,现在是考虑‘你如何阻止最后一步’的时候了”。

美国国家安全顾问麦克马斯特将军星期四稍后说,华盛顿正在加紧动用军事力量以外的手段解决目前的局势。

麦克马斯特在同一个场合说,“我们还有时间,但是我们的时间快用完了。承认和威慑是不可接受的”。

蓬佩奥和麦克马斯特做出这些表态之际,美国和朝鲜之间的紧张局势在平壤上个月进行最近一次,也是其第六次核试验,以及一再试射情报官员认为是中程和远程弹道导弹之后持续升高。

但是,尽管警告朝鲜距离拥有打击美国目标的能力仅有几个月的时间,中情局长蓬佩奥也指出,在朝鲜核威胁到底有多“严重”以及平壤是否能够向核打击目标发射多弹头的问题上,仍然存在疑问。

蓬佩奥说,“危险总是存在。情报并不是完美的”。他还说,有证据显示平壤可能正在得到伊朗的帮助, “这两个国家在常规武器方面有很深的关系”。

他还警告说,朝鲜的每一次武器试验都使得军备竞赛更加可能。

他说,“你看看朝鲜的能力越来越接近于日臻完善,你可以想象该地区的其他人也会想,他们也需要这种能力”。

星期四,俄罗斯总统普京发出警告,反对使用武力消除朝鲜的核威胁,表示武力不会产生效果。

普京在索契的一次讲话中说,“谈论预防性、解除武装的打击,我们听到暗示或公开的威胁,这是非常危险的”。

他说,“谁知道朝鲜藏着什么,在哪藏着?这些武器在一次打击中是否会一次性被全部摧毁?我怀疑这点。我几乎可以肯定这是不可能的”。

朝鲜官员也一再警告美国不要采取任何挑衅行动。

US: North Korea Months Away From Being Able to Hit US with Nuclear Missile

North Korea is likely just months away from being capable of striking the United States with a nuclear missile, according to two top U.S. officials.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo told a forum in Washington on Thursday he is "deeply worried" about the advancing threat from North Korea and the possibility it could spark a nuclear arms race across East Asia.

"We ought to behave as if we are on the cusp of them achieving that objective," Pompeo said when asked about Pyongyang's pursuit of missile technology that could launch a warhead to targets in the U.S.

"They are so far along in that it's now a matter of thinking about how do you stop the final step?" he added.

U.S. National Security Adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster said later on Thursday that Washington was racing to resolve the situation, short of using military force.

"We're not out of time but we're running out of time," McMaster said, speaking at the same event. "Accept and deter is unacceptable."

The comments by Pompeo and McMaster come as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have been steadily rising following Pyongyang's latest nuclear test last month, it's sixth overall, and repeated tests of what intelligence officials have assessed to be both intermediate and long range ballistic missiles.

But despite warning that North Korea is just months away from being able to target the U.S., the CIA's Pompeo cautioned there are still questions about just how "robust" the North Korea nuclear threat has become, and whether Pyongyang will be able to deliver multiple nuclear warheads to nuclear targets.

"There's always a risk. Intelligence is imperfect," Pompeo said, adding there is evidence Pyongyang may be getting help from Iran, citing "deep conventional weapons ties as between the two countries."

He also warned that each North Korean test makes an arms race ever more likely.

"You watch as North Korea grows ever closer to having its capability perfected, you can imagine others in the region also thinking that they well may need that capability," he said.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against the use of force to eliminate the North Korean nuclear threat, suggesting it would not work.

"Talks about a preventative, disarming strike — and we hear both hints and open threats — this is very dangerous," Putin said during a speaking engagement in Sochi.

"Who knows what and where is hidden in North Korea? And whether all of it can be destroyed with one strike, I doubt it," he said. "I'm almost sure it is impossible."

North Korean officials have also repeatedly warned the U.S. against any provocations.