Confrontation with North Korea not imminent

  • Confrontation with North Korea not imminent

Confrontation with North Korea not imminent

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that President Trump would consider it "unacceptable" for North Korea to possess a nuclear-armed ballistic missile capable of striking the United States - a development believed to be soon within Pyongyang's reach.

Pompeo, appearing on "Fox News Sunday", said there is nothing imminent in terms of a threat.

"I am quite confident that [North Korean leader Kim Jong-un] will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test", Pompeo stated.

North Korea, meanwhile, has threatened to launch a rocket at the waters near the US territory of Guam some 21,000 miles away.

Reports that North Korea successfully loaded a nuclear warhead onto a missile have escalated tensions between the isolated country and the U.S.

Guam is a target because of its naval base and air force base, from which two B-1B supersonic bombers were deployed close to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday.

White House officials have insisted the investigation is not created to apply additional pressure on China as it relates to North Korea despite the president's previous remarks that he would be more amenable on trade if China stopped Pyongyang's nuclear program.

"We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war", Dunford said. "President Trump has made it clear that it is his intention to protect the American people".

Thursday: He says that his "fire and fury" warning maybe "wasn't tough enough".

"Ideally I 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 Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union".

Trump spent last week trading rhetorical fire with North Korea, warning it faced the "fire and fury" of the US military, which was "locked and loaded" should the nation launch a missile.

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

In response, Mr Trump said North Korea should expect "big, big trouble" if anything happened to Guam.