North Korea: No imminent threat of nuclear war, says Central Intelligence Agency chief

North Korea: No imminent threat of nuclear war, says Central Intelligence Agency chief

USA 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.

Pressed on his "nothing imminent" statement, Pompeo said: "What I'm talking about is, I've heard folks talking about that we have been on the cusp of a nuclear war".

"I've seen no intelligence to indicate we're in that place today", Pompeo said.

Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

"The reaction in North Korea that we are intending to get is an is an understanding that America is no longer going to have the strategic patience that it's had that has permitted him to continue to develop his weapons program", Pompeo said.

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

White House officials have insisted the investigation is not created to apply additional pressure on China as it relates to North Korea despite the president's previous remarks that he would be more amenable on trade if China stopped Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Trump warned last week that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten his country. "But make no mistake about it, the continuation - the increased chance that there will be a nuclear missile in Denver - is a very serious threat". In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific. "We've engaged the world to support that policy", Pompeo told host Chris Wallace.

People look at the central Seoul through a window bearing the distance between Pyongyang and Seoul at an observation platform in Seoul South Korea

But he stressed that the U.S.is pursuing "a very determined diplomatic effort" led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that's coupled with new financial sanctions to dissuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from further provocations.

"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said.

"The president doesn't draw red lines", McMaster said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

"They've been growing closer for two decades plus ..."

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

"The United States military is always locked and loaded", he said.

President Donald Trump said he would respond to further threats from North Korea with "fire and fury", and North Korea threatened to attack Guam, a USA territory. "But the objective of capable, ready forces is to preserve peace and prevent war".

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