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US National Security Adviser H.R. 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".
Pompeo praised the efforts of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in getting China and Russian Federation to join in a unanimous U.N. vote recently to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, amid the country's pursuit of a nuclear weapon.
"He conducted two in July so it wouldn't surprise me if there's another missile test", Pompeo said.
Pompeo described the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, as "rational".
Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday that U.S.
"I have heard folks talking about being on the cusp of a nuclear war", Pompeo told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday", explaining that there is now "no intelligence that would indicate that we are in that place today".
"He's pretty isolated today for the first time", he said.
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Clapper said the U.S. and North Korea could "blunder" into global military conflict as they exchange escalating hostilities. The Labour leader has called on President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to "wind down the war of rhetoric".
Meanwhile, North Korea said on Saturday that almost 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers volunteered to join or rejoin its army to resist new U.N. sanctions and to fight against the United States in the current geopolitical tension between Pyongyang and Washington.
The top US military officer, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, is traveling in Asia and expected to meet with leaders in South Korea, Japan and China. He also will discuss military options in the event the "diplomatic and economic pressurization campaign" fails. "I have President Trump's back on this".
He also clarified the president's warnings, noting that the USA does not want war with North Korea but will take action to defend itself if attacked.
These comments come following a week of verbal escalation between the United States and North Korea. China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel its wayward ally to end its nuclear and missile programs.
Trump warned last week that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten his country.
State-run China Central Television quoted Xi as telling Trump the "relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula".
Pompeo declined to say how long it will be before North Korea could carry out such a nuclear attack on the USA mainland.