Central Intelligence Agency chief: Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again
14 August, 2017, 01:46 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo offered assurances Sunday there was "nothing imminent" in the USA standoff with nuclear-armed North Korea but said he wouldn't be surprised if Pyongyang conducted another missile test. 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.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump's national security adviser, tried to provide assurances that a conflict is avoidable, while also supporting Trump's tough talk.
The missile tests last month demonstrated that the nuclear-armed regime now has intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of reaching the USA mainland, experts said.
"This administration has made our policy very clear".
"The US military is locked and loaded every day", Mr McMaster said, repeating Mr Trump's threat.
"Each time they test another missile, or if they should conduct a nuclear weapons test, they develop expertise".
He said the U.S. has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but he declined to provide specifics.
Asked how anxious people should be, Pompeo told Fox News on Sunday: "There's nothing imminent today". The CIA chief described Kim as "rational" and responsive to "adverse circumstances".
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Pompeo declined to say how long it will be before North Korea could carry out such a nuclear attack on the United States mainland.
The top USA military officer, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, is traveling in Asia and expected to meet with leaders in South Korea, Japan and China.
"We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war", Dunford said.
Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been heightened this week as leaders from both countries have touted their military capabilities. President Donald Trump said he would respond to further threats from North Korea with "fire and fury", and North Korea threatened to attack Guam, a United States territory.
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"When I served in Korea many years ago as the director of intelligence USA forces in Korea, what I was anxious about was an incendiary event getting out of hand", he told Tapper.
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