CIA Chief: Not Surprising If N. Korea Tests Another Missile

by Abel Hampton August 14, 2017, 0:13
CIA Chief: Not Surprising If N. Korea Tests Another Missile

Despite escalating tensions with North Korea, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Sunday that nuclear war is not "imminent".

"He conducted two in July so it wouldn't surprise me if there's another missile test", Pompeo said.

But he stressed the USA 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. They said the United States and its allies no longer can afford to stand by as North Korea pushes ahead with the development of a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile.

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 also said that the problem has been ongoing through previous USA administrations, but he argued President Donald Trump was making strides to effect change.

The Washington Post reported this week that the US Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that North Korea has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could be put atop an ICBM.

"There's nothing imminent today", Mr. Pompeo said.

He said President Trump was just trying to give the country's people hope when he floated the idea on Friday that the United States would take military action after condemning Venezuelan leader Nicholas Maduro for human rights abuses and calling for him to hold "free and fair elections". He also will discuss military options in the event the "diplomatic and economic pressurization campaign" fails.

Earlier this week, the Trump administration also imposed new sanctions on Venezuela, targeting members of the new all-powerful constituent assembly.

The war of words comes as North Korea continues its missile and nuclear programs.

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These comments come following a week of verbal escalation between the United States and North Korea. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a US territory in the Pacific.

Pompeo said he could not get into specifics but said that North Korea's progress has gone on for decades.

President Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday that U.S.


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