Central Intelligence Agency chief: Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again

Central Intelligence Agency chief: Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again

Central Intelligence Agency chief: Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again

H.R. McMaster, the White House national security advisor, said Trump, who alarmed many with his incendiary remarks about North Korea over the last week, had not drawn any "red line" regarding Kim's nuclear program.

New U.N. sanctions targeting North Korea's key exports will help curtail funding for its nuclear and missile programs but may not bring an end to leader Kim Jong Un's nuclear ambitions and could hit ordinary peoples' lives hard, a high-profile defector from the country has told Kyodo News.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made clear how the U.S. will respond to North Korea's provocations, and hopefully, the regime will understand, Pompeo added.

"I've heard folks talking about [the U.S.] being on the cusp of nuclear war", Pompeo said on Fox News Sunday.

When asked about how close the North was to being able to deploy a nuclear weapon that could hit the USA, he said: "They're closer".

North Korea's military has reacted angrily by stating its preparedness to "contain" the U.S. bases on the Pacific island of Guam with missile strikes.

North Korea announced on Thursday plans to fire missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam, even though there was no indication an attack is imminent.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that President Trump would consider it "unacceptable" for North Korea to possess a nuclear-armed ballistic missile capable of striking the United States - a development believed to be soon within Pyongyang's reach.

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At the end of July, North Korea test-fired an improved intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a Hwasong-14, that could strike the USA mainland, purportedly, as far east as Chicago.

Since July North Korea has been threatening United state mainlands by testing the intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang speaks to reporters during a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China, 14 July 2017.

The United States has estimated that North Korea's total exports stand at about $3 billion annually, but Ri said the figure is likely to be around $2 billion when excluding the clothing processing trade.

There is no imminent threat of a nuclear war with North Korea, the top U.S. intelligence official says, amid growing tensions between the countries.

"The US military is locked and loaded every day", Mr McMaster said, repeating Mr Trump's threat.

"The United States military is always locked and loaded, but the objective of capable, ready forces is to preserve peace and prevent war", he said.

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