CIA's Pompeo says no 'imminent' threat of nuclear war

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford right and United States Forces Korea Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks second from right greets a helicopter flight crew as he arrives at Osan Air Base Sunday Aug. 13 2017 in Pyeongtaek South Korea

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford right and United States Forces Korea Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks second from right greets a helicopter flight crew as he arrives at Osan Air Base Sunday Aug. 13 2017 in Pyeongtaek South Korea

"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.

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

Still, he said Americans shouldn't be alarmed.

But Mr Pompeo denied that a threat of a nuclear conflict was imminent, saying: "I've heard folks talking about being on the cusp of a nuclear war".

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

He said the USA has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but Pompeo declined to provide specifics.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., welcomed Trump's pugnacious approach, arguing that numerous president's critics failed to stop North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon that could hit the United States.

President Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday that U.S.

Pompeo declined to say how long it will be before North Korea could carry out such a nuclear attack on the United States mainland. "What he does is he asks us to make sure that we have viable options for him - options that combine diplomatic, economic and military capabilities".

He played down the gravity of Trump's tweet Friday that the USA military is "locked and loaded" to respond to North Korea's threats.

The contacts are being held regularly between Joseph Yun, the US envoy for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at Pyongyang's United Nations mission, according to USA officials and others briefed on the process cited by the AP. It said China, North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, hopes all sides can do more to help ease the crisis and increase mutual trust, rather than taking turns in shows of strength.

A Chinese state-run newspaper said on Friday that China should remain neutral if North Korea launches an attack that threatens the United States, sounding a warning for Pyongyang over its plans to fire missiles near Guam.

"Ideally, I'd love a denuclearized North Korea, but as I learned when I went there and had some pretty intense dialogue with them, that is a nonstarter with them", Clapper, who served under former President Barack Obama, told host Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union".

He conducted two in July, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test, ' Pompeo said on Fox News Sunday.

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