U.S. 'taking all possible actions' to defend against North Korea

North Korea develops its nuclear programme “at an alarming rate”

North Korea develops its nuclear programme “at an alarming rate”

US President Donald Trump has made clear how the US will respond to North Korea's provocations, and hopefully, the regime will understand, Pompeo added.

McMaster, appearing on ABC's "This Week", said, "We're not closer to war than a week ago, but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago".

There's no "imminent" threat of a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea, according to CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who explained that Donald Trump's threats against Pyongyang describe only a possible response for "certain actions".

Now it was on countries like China and Russian Federation along with USA allies like South Korea and Japan to work in tandem to get nuclear weapons out of the region.

"There's no intelligence indicating we're on the cusp of a nuclear war", Pompeo said.

The officials projected calm, a message directed as much to North Korea as to Americans, in a concerted effort to be more cautious in the language they use about the nuclear-armed nation and not further escalate an already perilous situation.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to protect South Korea after a meeting with President Moon Jae-in, spokesman Park Su-hyun told reporters in Seoul on Monday.

Dunford is expected to meet with leaders in China, South Korea and Japan during his trip.

He played down the gravity of Trump's tweet Friday that the United States military is "locked and loaded" to respond to North Korea's threats. South Korea continues to work hand-in-hand with the #United States to monitor military movements in the North to get early warning of another series of ballistic tests in Pyongyang.

Trump has urged China to apply more pressure on North Korea.

Just days ago Trump said military options against North Korea were "locked and loaded".

The top USA military officer and the senior American commander in South Korea vowed to press ahead with planned military drills with Seoul this month, despite claims by the North that such exercises are a direct threat to the regime in Pyongyang.

At a regional security conference in Manila last week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong Ho, to comply with United Nations prohibitions on its missile and nuclear testing.

The Washington Post reported last week that North Korea had developed the ability to make a miniature nuclear warhead that it could fit inside its missiles.

North Korea, which has been boxed into a corner, can only conclude based on Trump's rhetoric that it confronts the danger of an imminent U.S. attack unless it accedes to Washington's demands.

"This is not a leader for whom containment is a policy that makes sense for American national security", he said.

Pompeo said "there's nothing imminent today", in response to a question about how anxious should people be over the escalating tensions.

"There's nothing imminent", Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday". "That's the best message you can deliver to someone who is putting America at risk".

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