Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

In a separate interview on "Fox News Sunday", Pompeo was asked about the nature and degree of threat to the US mainland in light of Kim's continuing drive to develop North Korea's missile and nuclear capacities.

He played down the gravity of Trump's tweet Friday that the US military is "locked and loaded" to respond to North Korea's threats.

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

"I am quite confident that (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test".

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

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Asked if Americans should worry about rising tensions with North Korea, Mike Pompeo replied that "nothing is imminent".

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, now a CNN contributor, said Sunday that he does not foresee a scenario where North Korea relinquishes its nuclear weapons.

The top US military officer, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, is travelling in Asia and expected to meet with leaders in South Korea, Japan and China. China, North Korea's only major ally, has urged restraint. Donald Trump in particular has promised "fire and anger" at North Korea.

Last week, North Korea threatened to strike the United States and its Pacific territory of Guam. It also said that the two "reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

But Trump on Friday appeared to set another red line - the mere utterance of threats - that would trigger a US attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for Kim. North Korean officials in turn have accused the US leader of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war. This missile is ranged at the largest part of the U.S which raise the tension between the two countries.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., welcomed Trump's pugnacious approach, arguing that numerous president's critics failed to stop North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon that could hit the United States.

Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said Sunday that North Korea had developed "at an alarming pace" his ability to launch a nuclear attack against the United States, but was keen to get a sense of the imminence of a military confrontation with Pyongyang.

"President Trump inherited a mess", Graham said.

Pompeo and Graham were on "Fox News Sunday", and McMaster appeared on ABC's "This Week".

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