CIA's Pompeo says no 'imminent' threat of nuclear war
13 August, 2017, 20:36 | Author: Brenda Erickson
When host Chris Wallace pressed him about how close North Korea is to being able to hit the US mainland, Pompeo said that it was alarming but hard to define.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo appeared on "Fox News Sunday" to discuss North Korean nuclear development, which he said is proceeding at an "ever-alarming rate".
But he warned that Washington's "strategic patience" was over.
"The president has made it very clear to the North Korean regime how America will respond if certain actions are taken", Pompeo told Chris Wallace, "We are hopeful that the leader of that country will understand them in precisely the way they are intended, to permit him a place to get where we can get the nuclear weapons off the peninsula".
Both sides have used hostile rhetoric, with President Donald Trump threatening "fire and fury" on the North.
Pompeo described the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, as "rational".
Asked how anxious people should be, Pompeo told Fox News Sunday: "Nothing imminent".
"He conducted two in July so it wouldn't surprise me if there's another missile test", Pompeo said. That prompted a new round of United Nations economic sanctions, which angered Mr Kim's regime.
"I don't think military action is imminent, but we're on a collision course with North Korea", Graham said on "Fox News Sunday". "No intelligence that would indicate we are in that place today".
Several countries have expressed concern with the escalation of the crisis.
North Korea announced on Thursday plans to fire missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam, even though there was no indication an attack is imminent.
White House officials have insisted the investigation was 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.
In an interview with German newspaper group RND, Gabriel said the maneuvers "could lead to North Korea using the opportunity for renewed provocation, for example, by firing an intermediate-range missile at Guam".
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