USA officials says confrontation with North Korea not imminent

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2017

CIA Director Mike Pompeo appeared on "Fox News Sunday" to discuss North Korean nuclear development, which he said is proceeding at an "ever-alarming rate".

Mr Pompeo said he was "quite confident" that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would "continue to try to develop" the country's weapons programme.

Pompeo said it's clear North Korea's nuclear capabilities are progressing rapidly, but he downplayed any immediate risk to the United States.

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

US National Security Adviser HR McMaster echoed the tenor of 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".

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

Mr Trump said the USA military was "locked and loaded", while Pyongyang has accused him of "driving" the Korean peninsula to the "brink of a nuclear war".

"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said. Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters traveling with him that he aims to "sense what the temperature is in the region". "President Trump has made it clear that it is his intention to protect the American people".

Coverage of an intercontinental ballistic missile test is displayed on a screen in a public square in Pyongyang, North Korea on July 29, 2017.

The White House said in a statement that Trump and Xi "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior". China, North Korea's only major ally, has urged restraint.

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

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Pyongyang was moving at an "ever-alarming rate" with its weapons programme and another missile test would not be surprising.

New U.N. sanctions condemning North Korea's rapidly developing nuclear program drew fresh ire and threats from the North. Trump, responding to a report that USA intelligence indicates Pyongyang can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles, vowed to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged.

He also clarified the president's warnings, noting that the US does not want war with North Korea but will take action to defend itself if attacked.

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