CIA's Pompeo says no 'imminent' threat of nuclear war

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday", CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he would not be surprised if North Korea carried out another missile test to advance its missile and nuclear programs.

North Korea, according to the director, has been moving at an "ever alarming rate" to develop nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

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.

The call came after Trump made fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the USA military "locked and loaded" and warning Kim that he "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against US territories or allies.

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


Despite expecting further missile testing, Mr Pompeo denied there is an imminent threat of nuclear war.

But Mr Pompeo denied that a threat of a nuclear conflict was imminent, saying: "I've heard folks talking about being on the cusp of a nuclear war".

Clapper said on CNN that the rhetoric was having a destabilizing affect and could cause North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to decide to lash out.

The top USA military officer, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, is traveling in Asia and expected to meet with leaders in South Korea, Japan and China.

He said the United States intelligence community has "a pretty good idea" about what's going on in North Korea.


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. "President Trump has made it clear that it is his intention to protect the American people".

Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official newspaper, said the volunteers had offered to join or rejoin the People's Army after the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement on Monday condemning new sanctions imposed by the United Nations in retaliation for North Korean missile tests.

Tensions between North Korea and the United States have racheted up in recent weeks.

But he rejected talk of the USA being on the "cusp of nuclear war".

North Korea warned foreign diplomats to leave Pyongyang in 2013 when it suspended work at a joint inter-Korean industrial park and threatened missile strikes on U.S. Pacific bases, notably in Guam and Hawaii.


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