Central Intelligence Agency chief says 'nothing imminent' in USA showdown with North Korea


CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended President Trump's tough rhetoric toward North Korea and praised the administration for "uniting the world" in trying to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula while making clear there is no intelligence that shows a nuclear war is "imminent".

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

He said he doesn't think the U.S.is closer to war than a week ago, but closer to war than a decade ago.

"The U.S. military is locked and loaded every day", McMaster said, repeating Trump's threat.

Asked how anxious people should be, Pompeo told Fox News Sunday: "There's nothing imminent today".

"He's pretty isolated today for the first time", he said. The CIA chief described Kim as "rational" and responsive to "adverse circumstances".

Trump last week said North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if leader Kim Jung Un followed through on a threat to execute a missile strike on nearby Guam, a USA territory with an American military base. He also will discuss military options in the event the "diplomatic and economic pressurization campaign" fails.

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"In fact, this administration has done a fine job of not drawing red lines that we're not prepared to enforce", Pompeo added.

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

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. China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel its wayward ally to end its nuclear and missile programs. North Korea's achievements have significantly escalated the threat.

Pompeo dismissed reports that North Korea's nuclear and missile program are moving faster than previously thought.

Pompeo said that the USA was, "not at an imminent risk of an attack taking place today" from North Korea.

The tough talk capped a week in which long-standing tensions between the countries risked abruptly boiling over. He added, "But make no mistake about it. the increased chance that there will be a nuclear missile in Denver is a very serious threat".

The North then came out with a threat to lob four intermediate-range "Hwasong-12" missiles near Guam, a tiny US territory some 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from the North's capital, Pyongyang.