DHS Chief: North Korea More Likely To Be A ‘Cyber Threat’ Than A ‘Kinetic’ One

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly appears before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to advance President Donald Trump’s border security agenda, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.  Kelly says a wall in the right places, will do that job, however, that wall won't be from "sea to shining sea," but in places where border agents say it would be most effective. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Sunday said that North Korea is more likely to present a “cyber threat” than a “kinetic” one.

“In the case of North Korea, you know, a kinetic threat against the United States right now I don’t think is likely, but certainly a cyber threat,” Kelly said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

“So we would raise various threat levels in the event that something happened and we felt as though that there was a possible threat,” he added. “You always want to come down on the side of caution.”

A North Korean missile exploded during launch on Sunday, according to South Korean and U.S. officials. Vice President Mike Pence called that failure to launch a “provocation.”

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