Central Intelligence Agency chief says nuclear war not imminent

Central Intelligence Agency chief says nuclear war not imminent

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.

But he warned that Washington's "strategic patience" was over.

US intelligence does not indicate an imminent nuclear war with North Korea, the chief of the Central Intelligence Agency said Sunday, after a week of bellicose rhetoric between the two sides.

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

Pompeo sought to assuage those concerns Sunday, explaining that "there's nothing imminent today".

Moving forward, he said President Trump's tough talk and global unity against North Korean leader Kim Jung-un is working.

"He conducted two in July so it wouldn't surprise me if there's another missile test", Pompeo said.

Later, Trump stressed that the US military is "locked and loaded" for a potential conflict.

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Trump has urged China to apply more pressure on North Korea.

Pompeo declined to say how long it will be before North Korea could carry out such a nuclear attack on the USA mainland.

Referring to Kim, Trump added: "If he utters one threat ... or if he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast".

"I have heard folks talking about being on the cusp of a nuclear war", Pompeo told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday", explaining that there is now "no intelligence that would indicate that we are in that place today".

"It's that straightforward", he added, "What we need from an intelligence perspective, what is most important is that our communications are clear that the fella who intends to inflict pain on the United States of America understands the USA position in an unambiguous way". In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a US territory in the Pacific.

North Korea said on Thursday that plans would be completed by mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles to land near the U.S. Pacific island of Guam, 2,175 miles away.

In response, Mr Trump said North Korea should expect "big, big trouble" if anything happened to Guam.

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