Panetta: N. Korea understands wrong move will end regime

Panetta: N. Korea understands wrong move will end regime

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Sunday said North Korea understands that the wrong move could result in an end to the current leadership in Pyongyang.

“I think the North Koreans understand that if they take the wrong step, it’s the end of the regime, period,” Panetta told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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Panetta, who also served as the CIA director under former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaCongress needs to assert the war power against a dangerous president CNN's Don Lemon: Anyone supporting Trump ‘complicit' in racism DOJ warrant of Trump resistance site triggers alarm MORE, called for a strategy of containment and deterrence to deal with Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

“The reality is what speaks the loudest for the United States of America is the fact that we’re the most powerful country on the face of the Earth,” Panetta told host John Dickerson.

Panetta added that the North Korean government will allow themselves to have “off ramps” to ensure their futures.

The former Obama official's remarks come after a week of heightened rhetoric from the Trump administration in regards to North Korea, which conducted two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month.