CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that it would not come as a surprise if North Korea carries out another ballistic missile test. Pompeo added that he does not believe that the USA and North Korea are on the verge of nuclear war.
Pompeo also said the intelligence community was not surprised by the recent news that North Korea is now capable of fitting a nuclear warhead on a missile.
Mike Pompeo says Pyongyang is moving at an "ever alarming rate" with its weapons program.
But the intelligence chief also said he saw no imminent threat of North Korea attacking the USA with such a nuclear weapon, although he expected the rogue nation's missile program would continue despite worldwide sanctions.
But he stressed the U.S. is pursuing "a very determined diplomatic effort" led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that is coupled with new financial sanctions to dissuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from further provocations. "I've seen no intelligence to indicate that we're in that place today", he told Fox News Sunday. "They expand the envelope". "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.
President Donald Trump issued another strong warning to North Korea Friday.
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"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said.
He said he doesn't think the U.S.is closer to war than a week ago, but closer to war than a decade ago. China, North Korea's only major ally, has urged restraint. "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".
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", the president declared before the White House press pool Tuesday.
Pompeo also said that the problem has been ongoing through previous US administrations, but he argued President Donald Trump was making strides to effect change.
Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said he had "no idea why" the United States would use military force in Venezuela. "But the objective of capable, ready forces is to preserve peace and prevent war".