ACCESSION NUMBER:328839 FILE ID:EPF507 DATE:02/25/94 TITLE:WOOLSEY: NORTH KOREA STILL AREA OF HIGHEST INSTABILITY, CONCERN (02/25/94) TEXT:*94022506.EPF *EPF507 02/25/94 WOOLSEY: NORTH KOREA STILL AREA OF HIGHEST INSTABILITY, CONCERN (Excerpts: CIA director before House Intelligence panel) (570) Washington -- North Korea remains the "danger spot" of highest concern for the United States, according to CIA Director James Woolsey. In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee February 24, Woolsey called North Korea "the place where the potential of instability and concern is, in my mind, the highest." With the exception of some serious problems like human rights in China, drug cultivation in Burma and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the picture in the rest of East Asia and the Pacific from a U.S. perspective is "somewhere between light gray to relatively bright in terms of economic and political evolution in positive directions," Woolsey said. Following is an unofficial transcript of East Asia/Pacific excerpts from the Legi-Slate database: (begin unofficial transcript from Legi-Slate) HEARING OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE SUBJECT: THE CURRENT STATE OF INTELLIGENCE AND ITS FUTURE DIRECTION CHAIRED BY: REPRESENTATIVE DAN GLICKMAN (D-KS) WITNESS: CIA DIRECTOR JAMES WOOLSEY WASHINGTON, DC FEBRUARY 24, 1994 REP. GLICKMAN: I want you to prioritize for me the danger spots in the world, as you see them right now, to the United States in some degree of 1riority. WOOLSEY: The dangers are of different characters and quality, I would say, Mr. Chairman. Let me go region by region, and I guess I would have to start with the place where the potential of instability and concern is, in my mind, the highest, and that is still North Korea. North Korea is a very difficult intelligence problem because of its forward deployment of conventional forces, its work on its nuclear program, its engagement in proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles. The very closed and isolated nature of the regime presents a special problem. Throughout the rest of the East Asian and Pacific Basin, I would say that, although there are certainly some serious problems -- human rights in China, drug growing in Burma, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, and so on -- the picture in the rest of East Asia and the Pacific from our perspective is, I think, somewhere between light gray to relatively bright in terms of economic and political evolution in positive directions.... I would say that, as a multinational problem -- not tied to any specific country, but heavily focused on, among others, Iran, Iraq, North Korea and Libya -- the problems of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles to carry them in the international environment and the concomitant problem of the sponsorship of terrorism by several of those same countries presents not a single issue or single problem, but a kind of witches' brew that is extremely troubling. It will be especially troubling if weapons proliferation and terrorism come together in any of several imaginable ways. I -- there are certainly others of very great importance: the scourge of narcotics and international trafficking and the importance of economic prosperity for us in international trade, and intelligence has an important role to play in those.... Those are, I think, the top half-dozen or so, Mr. Chairman. And I think in terms of acuteness I would stay with putting North Korea in first place.... In terms of their chronic problems, the others are in different ways all of very great importance as well. (end unofficial transcript from Legi-Slate) NNNN .