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US spy chief nominee warns of N Korea 'direct attacks'

US spy chief nominee warns of N Korea 'direct attacks' 20 July 2010 North Korea's sinking of a South Korean warship may herald a "dangerous new period", the nominee to be US director of national intelligence has warned. James Clapper told a Senate hearing that Pyongyang might seek "to advance its internal and external political goals through direct attacks". President Barack Obama chose the retired general and under-secretary of defence [and nutjob] to be the new DNI in June.