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Central Intelligence Agency head expects more Nth Korea missile tests

Central Intelligence Agency head expects more Nth Korea missile tests

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that President Trump would consider it "unacceptable" for North Korea to possess a nuclear-armed ballistic missile capable of striking the United States - a development believed to be soon within Pyongyang's reach.

US intelligence does not indicate an imminent nuclear war with North Korea, the chief of the Central Intelligence Agency said Sunday, after a week of bellicose rhetoric between the two sides.

White House officials have insisted the investigation is not created to apply additional pressure on China as it relates to North Korea despite the president's previous remarks that he would be more amenable on trade if China stopped Pyongyang's nuclear program.

"Nothing is imminent. But be careful, the increased likelihood of a nuclear missile strikes the United States is a very unsafe threat", added the director of the u.s. central intelligence agency.

"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". "There's nothing imminent", Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday". "They expand the envelope", he said.

Still, he said Americans shouldn't be alarmed.

Mr Pompeo said "there's nothing imminent today", in response to a question about how anxious people should be over the escalating tensions.

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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.

"This administration has made our policy very clear".

Trump warned last week that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten his country.

The CIA chief described Mr Kim as "rational" and responsive to "adverse circumstances". "What he does is he asks us to make sure that we have viable options for him - options that combine diplomatic, economic and military capabilities".

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

Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said he had "no idea why" the United States would use military force in Venezuela. "The most effective way of preserving peace is to be prepared for war".