North Korea may resume its testing of nuclear bombs and long-range missiles as part of efforts to reshape the security environment and cause regional instability.
That's what the Director of U.S. National Intelligence Avril Haines explained during testimony Wednesday to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
She said the aggressive actions that could be taken include the possible resumption of nuclear weapon and ICBM tests.
Her remarks came 24 hours after Washington released an annual report on global threats.
The report said the North will continue to pose a WMD threat for the foreseeable future, citing Kim Jong-un's belief that the regime will gain international acceptance and respect as a nuclear power.
Commander of the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, General Glen VanHerck, also expressed concerns the North could conduct a flight test of a new ICBM.
In a written statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee, he noted the regime indicated earlier that it's no longer bound by the 2018 unilateral nuclear and ICBM testing moratorium.
His remarks are in line with the warning he gave to the same committee last month.
These warnings show Washington continues to monitor the North as it thinks the regime is highly likely carry out provocations during the early part of the Biden administration.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.