Russia, Not North Korea, Greatest Threat To U.S., Says Pentagon’s Top Military Officer

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BY SOFIA LOTTO PERSIO ON 7/24/17 AT 7:34 AM

Russia is the greatest threat to the United States, not North Korea, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff has said.

Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Marine Corps General Joe Dunford listed Russia’s military modernization program, its nuclear and cyber capabilities and its actions in Georgia, Crimea and eastern Ukraine as evidence of the security threat posed by the country.

Dunford’s stance on Russia has not changed since a June 2015 Senate hearing ahead of his appointment to the chairman position. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who told Congress in January Russia was the “principal threat” for the U.S., also named North Korea as the “most urgent and dangerous threat” in a statement to the House Armed Services Committee quoted in Reuters.

General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff speaks at a…

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