North Korea: No Imminent Threat Of Nuclear War, Says CIA Chief

15 August, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Chad Mckenzie

Top US officials try to ease the tension after Trump's threat last week.

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.

General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with President Moon Jae-in in Seoul on Monday amid escalating tensions over North Korea's nuclear program, according to an official with South Korea's Blue House. In fact, China has supported "the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" since at least 2005.

"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. "They will be met with the fire and fury like the world has never seen". German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already spoken out against such a prospect, Parker noted, pointing to center left governments in South Korea, France, Japan and even traditional United States stalwart England who would have difficulty getting behind the prospect of a preemptive strike. "The US has no interest in regime change or accelerated reunification of Korea".

Lawmakers in both parties raised concerns that President Trump's rhetoric on North Korea over the past week exacerbated an already delicate situation, and the op-ed appears to be an attempt to tamp down the heated rhetoric. Mattis and Tillerson underlined that the United States aims "to achieve the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a dismantling of the regime's ballistic-missile programs".

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He said the USA has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but he declined to provide specifics.

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Responding to a series of questions on North Korea, the CIA Director said the Trump Administration has done a fine job of not drawing red lines that it is "not prepared to" enforce.

"There's nothing imminent", Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday".

Trump has responded to North Korea's threats with his own fiery rhetoric. "Any second Korean War would have no choice but to spread into a nuclear war", it said in a commentary.

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Trump has urged China to apply more pressure on North Korea.

South Korean Vice Defence Minister Suh Choo-suk agreed North Korea was likely to continue provocations, including nuclear tests, but did not see a big risk of the North engaging in actual military conflict.

Pompeo has every right to express his opinion that the Trump administration is making "real progress" on North Korea. When asked whether he was confident Kim would heed that message, he said: "It's a very hard situation in North Korea".

"He conducted two in July so it wouldn't surprise me if there's another missile test", Pompeo said. Tuesday marks the anniversary of Japan's expulsion from the Korean peninsula, a rare holiday celebrated by both the North and the South. Moon and Kim, who has not been seen publicly for several days, are both expected to make addresses on their respective sides of the heavily militarised border.

"If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous", he explained. McMaster said that the U.S.is no closer to war than a week ago, but is closer today than it was a decade ago.

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"He was communicating to the world, to China and to others who can influence the outcome there".

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