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CIA's Pompeo says no 'imminent' threat of nuclear war

CIA's Pompeo says no 'imminent' threat of nuclear war

Trump spent last week trading rhetorical fire with North Korea, warning it faced the "fire and fury" of the US military, which was "locked and loaded" should the nation launch a missile.

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

"The reaction in North Korea that we are intending to get is an is an understanding that America is no longer going to have the strategic patience that it's had that has permitted him to continue to develop his weapons program", Pompeo said.

"There's no intelligence indicating we're on the cusp of a nuclear war", Pompeo said.

The CIA chief described Mr Kim as "rational" and responsive to "adverse circumstances".

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.

"I will not be surprised that they will do another missile test". He also will discuss military options in the event the "diplomatic and economic pressurization campaign" fails.

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Mr Trump said the United States military was "locked and loaded", while Pyongyang has accused him of "driving" the Korean peninsula to the "brink of a nuclear war".

Clapper also called for a de-escalation in rhetoric from President Donald Trump, because of Kim Jong Un's unpredictability.

But he rejected talk of the US being on the "cusp of nuclear war". In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific. "President Trump has made it clear that it is his intention to protect the American people".

Vice President Pence began a tour through South American on Sunday, but was not expected to make a stop in Venezuela.

Meanwhile, North Korea said on Saturday that almost 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers volunteered to join or rejoin its army to resist new U.N. sanctions and to fight against the United States in the current geopolitical tension between Pyongyang and Washington.

"Ideally, I'd love a denuclearized North Korea, but as I learned when I went there and had some pretty intense dialogue with them, that is a nonstarter with them", Clapper, who served under former President Barack Obama, told host Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union".


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