Central Intelligence Agency chief: No indication of imminent nuclear war with N. Korea

Central Intelligence Agency chief: No indication of imminent nuclear war with N. Korea

Central Intelligence Agency chief: No indication of imminent nuclear war with N. Korea

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday he would not be surprised if North Korea tested another missile, given that it had two tests in July.

North Korea has been especially provocative in recent months, testing a series of new short-, medium-, intermediate-, and long-range missiles.

North Korea has defied all calls to rein in its nuclear and missile programs, even from China, its lone major ally, calling them legitimate self-defense.

"There's nothing imminent today", Pompeo told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday", asked what kind of threat the U.S.is facing. "They expand the envelope".

The Washington Post reported this week that the US Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that North Korea has developed a miniaturised nuclear warhead that could be put atop an ICBM.

Last week, North Korea threatened to strike the United States and its Pacific territory of Guam.

Both sides have used hostile rhetoric, with President Donald Trump threatening "fire and fury" on the North.

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"This administration has made our policy very clear".

Asked if that meant that he does not expect any future missile tests, Pompeo said he is "quite confident" that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un "will continue to try to develop a missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test". "We've engaged the world to support that policy", Pompeo said, adding there will no longer be "strategic patience", the policy of former President Barack Obama, which centered on waiting for Pyongyang to return to denuclearization talks while increasing sanctions and pressure on the regime.

'We're not closer to war than a week ago but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago, ' Lt Gen McMaster said, adding that the United States was prepared to deal with North Korea with force if necessary.

"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said.

Senior US national security officials have said a military confrontation with North Korea is not imminent, but they cautioned that the possibility of war is greater than it was a decade ago.

"Our response is we are prepared militarily to deal with this if necessary".

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