Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again - Central Intelligence Agency chief

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 14, 2017

He said President Trump was just trying to give the country's people hope when he floated the idea on Friday that the U.S. would take military action after condemning Venezuelan leader Nicholas Maduro for human rights abuses and calling for him to hold "free and fair elections". "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.

"Each time they test another missile, or if they should conduct a nuclear weapons test, they develop expertise".

North Korea has also threatened that it would carry out a nuclear strike "at the heart of the United States" if the U.S. attempted a regime change in Pyongyang, after recent hints to that end by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo described the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, as "rational".

Friday: The US president warns that military solutions are "locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely".

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.

At the end of July, North Korea test-fired an improved intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a Hwasong-14, that could strike the United States mainland, purportedly, as far east as Chicago.

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.

The US State Department has announced a ban on all Americans from traveling to North Korea following the death of US college student Otto Warmbier who passed away in June 2017 after 17 months in North Korean captivity.

Still, even if it has, North Korea faces additional hurdles before it would be able to launch a nuclear attack on the United States, among them ensuring that a warhead could survive the ravages of re-entry through the atmosphere. "Previous administrations haven't taken this on", Pompeo said.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang called on both sides to avoid "alternately showing strength and continuously escalating the situation".

There is no imminent threat of a nuclear war with North Korea, the top USA intelligence official says, amid growing tensions between the countries.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump has asked for a report on what could happen next in the country.

The spokesman was responding to a question about North Korea threatening to fire missiles towards Guam and US President Donald Trump's dire warnings against North Korea, AFP reported. He defected to South Korea in October 2014 and has lived in the United States since March 2016.

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