Central Intelligence Agency chief says 'nothing imminent' in US-North Korea standoff

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                                                            |By Idrees Ali

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Pompeo's remarks cap a week in which US President Donald Trump vowed "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States with nuclear weapons, and Pyongyang countered by announcing plans to test-launch missiles toward Guam.

Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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".

The top US intelligence official said on Sunday he would not be surprised if North Korea tested another missile, given that it had two tests in July, amid rising tensions between the two nations.

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.

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

"It doesn't surprise me that those who came before us were surprised; they did nothing", Pompeo said. "But make no mistake about it. the increased chance that there will be a nuclear missile in Denver is a very serious threat". "We've engaged the world to support that policy", Pompeo said, adding there will no longer be "strategic patience", the policy of former President Barack Obama, which centered on waiting for Pyongyang to return to denuclearization talks while increasing sanctions and pressure on the regime.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump's national security adviser, tried to provide assurances that a conflict is avoidable, while also supporting Trump's tough talk.

Guam, some 4,300 miles from the U.S. mainland, is a target because it is home to U.S. Navy and Air Force bases, from which two B-1B supersonic bombers were deployed close to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday.

Pompeo's interview comes after a week of tough rhetoric from President Trump and other Cabinet officials about North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

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

President Donald Trump has offered fiery warnings for North Korea, saying that the USA military was "locked and loaded".

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

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