Published on: May 1, 2017 | Last Updated: May 1, 2017 7:11 AM EDT
Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
America’s CIA director is making an unannounced visit to South Korea, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul confirmed Monday, amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. An embassy official said Mike Pompeo and his wife were in the South Korean capital on Monday, but wouldn’t say for how long. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
South Korean media reports said the CIA chief arrived in South Korea over the weekend for meetings with the head of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service and high-level officials in the presidential office. The U.S. official, however, wouldn’t confirm any meetings beyond ones with officials at U.S. Forces in Korea and the U.S. Embassy. The visit comes after North Korea conducted another missile test on Saturday, and a U.S. aircraft carrier group was in nearby waters. A Japanese destroyer left port Monday, reportedly to escort U.S. naval ships as Japan increases its military role in the region.
While heavy and incessant rain has Quebec left communities from Rigaud to Rawdon in a state of alert Monday, municipalities downstream from Montreal have begun to feel the effects of a shower-drenched spring. Rain showers and run-off from the spring thaw caused flooding in Quebec’s Mauricie region, forcing the evacuation of dozens of residences in Trois-Rives and in La Tuque, on the banks of the St. Maurice River. Several public roads have also been flooded and are impassable. In La Tuque, Highway 25 has been flooded at two points. Rising water levels have made it necessary to place several other roads under surveillance, including Highway 155 which runs parallel to the St. Maurice River.
The Indian army says two of its soldiers have been killed by rockets and mortars fired by Pakistan along the highly militarized de facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between the nuclear-armed rivals. The army said in a statement Monday that Pakistani soldiers fired at two Indian positions southwest of the Line of Control in the Krishna Ghati sector. It said Pakistani soldiers also ambushed an Indian patrol operating between the two posts and mutilated the bodies of two Indian soldiers. It said this “unsoldierly act” by Pakistani soldiers would be “appropriately responded.”
— The Associated Press, La Presse Canadienne
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