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Pompeo says he could imagine a ground invasion of North Korea

Mike Pompeo sits before a crowd in a room on Capitol Hill.
Mike Pompeo. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

CIA Director Mike Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday that he could imagine a scenario when the U.S. may need to launch a ground invasion in North Korea to reach a solution that "moved past diplomacy."

Quick take: As Trump’s pick to serve as secretary of state, this statement during his confirmation hearing is bound to raise concerns in diplomatic circles, where most believe there is always room for more diplomacy before turning to military operations.