North Korea Could Test Another Missile, CIA Chief Warns
Aug 19 2017
"We have a pretty good idea", Pompeo responded.
"The representatives of the establishment, the senators, they try to say to the public that they will not even have to worry about it, because people will die not in the U.S., but in other countries, though not just in North Korea", she explained.
However, Pompeo believes North Korea will continue to develop missile capabilities under its leader Kim Jong-un. He said the US has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but Pompeo declined to provide specifics.
Last week, the UN Security Council tightened sanctions against North Korea for the missile tests carried out by the country.
Despite the increased tensions and the bellicose rhetoric from Trump and Kim, Pompeo said there was "nothing imminent" for people to worry about and that he had seen "no intelligence" that would indicate the two nations were on the cusp of nuclear war.
Pompeo declined to say how long it will be before North Korea could carry out such a nuclear attack on the US mainland.
"If there really is an armed force scenario and if everything indeed happens the way the Washington establishment is trying to scare us all with, the situation will be simply catastrophic", she added, before noting that that "the whole world tried to prevent the sprawl of the disaster" of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, back in 2011. My hats off to the president, Secretary Tillerson, Ambassador Haley.
This weekend, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urged the United States and South Korea to make their planned joint military exercise "as unprovocative as possible". Pompeo touted a unanimous United Nations Security Council vote earlier this month to increase sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program and said the USA had seen China join the U.S. in demanding that Pyongyang denuclearize.
Clapper's assessment came as CIA Director Mike Pompeo reiterated Sunday that the Trump administration's goal was to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
"And President Trump has made it very clear, he can not tolerate, will not tolerate, a threat to the United States from North Korea involving nuclear weapons". And that's exactly the policy of the Trump administration. "That's the best message you can deliver to someone who's putting America at risk".
North Korea responded to the new United Nations sanctions with increased aggression, escalating last Wednesday to a threat to attack waters near the US territory of Guam.