Central Intelligence Agency chief: No indication of imminent nuclear war with N. Korea
Aug 14 2017
'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.
He said President Trump was just trying to give the country's people hope when he floated the idea on Friday that the U.S. 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's pretty isolated today for the first time", he said.
The CIA chief described Mr Kim as "rational" and responsive to "adverse circumstances".
North Korea, according to the director, has been moving at an "ever alarming rate" to develop nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.
Also on Sunday, the top United States military officer, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, travelled to South Korea.
He also will discuss military options in the event the "diplomatic and economic pressurisation campaign" fails.
Mr Trump said the U.S. military was "locked and loaded", while Pyongyang has accused him of "driving" the Korean peninsula to the "brink of a nuclear war".
"This administration has made our policy very clear".
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.
Pompeo said he could not get into specifics but said that North Korea's progress has gone on for decades. China, North Korea's only major ally, has urged restraint.
Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official newspaper, said the volunteers had offered to join or rejoin the People's Army after the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement on Monday condemning new sanctions imposed by the United Nations in retaliation for North Korean missile tests. It also said that the two "reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
"When I served in Korea many years ago as the director of intelligence US forces in Korea, what I was anxious about was an incendiary event getting out of hand", Clapper added.
The tough talk capped a week in which long-standing tensions between the countries risked abruptly boiling over.
Pompeo's remarks cap a week in which US President Donald Trump vowed "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States with nuclear weapons, and Pyongyang countered by announcing plans to test-launch missiles toward Guam.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., welcomed Trump's pugnacious approach, arguing that numerous president's critics failed to stop North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon that could hit the United States.
President Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday that U.S.