Central Intelligence Agency chief: No indication of imminent nuclear war with N. Korea
14 August, 2017, 03:18 | Author: Valerie Burke
The top US intelligence official said on Sunday he would not be surprised if North Korea tested another missile, given that it had two tests in July, amid rising tensions between the two nations. "I've seen no intelligence to indicate that we're in that place today", he told Fox News Sunday.
"This administration has made our policy very clear".
Mike Pompeo says Pyongyang is moving at an "ever alarming rate" with its weapons program.
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.
"I will not be surprised that they will do another missile test". "They expand the envelope".
Mr Pompeo declined to say how long it will be before North Korea could carry out such a nuclear attack on the U.S. mainland.
US National Security Adviser HR McMaster echoed the tenor of Mr Pompeo's remarks, saying the threat posed by North Korea is "coming to a head", but adding in an interview on ABC, "we're not closer to war than a week ago".
But he stressed the USA is pursuing "a very determined diplomatic effort" led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that is coupled with new financial sanctions to dissuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from further provocations.
The CIA chief described Mr Kim as "rational" and responsive to "adverse circumstances".
'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.
"Our response is we're prepared militarily to deal with this if necessary".
Pompeo also said that the problem has been ongoing through previous USA administrations, but he argued President Donald Trump was making strides to effect change. "But we're taking all possible actions short of military action to resolve this very grave threat to the United States and the world", the lieutenant general said, citing diplomatic efforts, increased sanctions and increased pressure.
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