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 Hussein ObamaMontana governor raises profile ahead of potential 2020 bid Trump was right to ditch UN’s plan for handling migrants Ex-White House stenographer: Trump is ‘lying to the American people’ 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.