Central Intelligence Agency chief: No indication of imminent nuclear war with N. Korea
13 Августа 2017, 11:03 | Opal Carroll
Pompeo: North Korea Moving Toward Ability to Hit US With Nuclear Strike at 'Alarming Rate'
"Nothing is imminent. But be careful, the increased likelihood of a nuclear missile strikes the United States is a very risky threat", added the director of the u.s. central intelligence agency.
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.
North Korea, according to the director, has been moving at an "ever alarming rate" to develop nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.
"The Cubans are there; the Russians are there, the Iranians, Hezbollah are there", he said on "Fox News Sunday". That prompted a new round of United Nations economic sanctions, which angered Mr Kim's regime.
"We're not closer to war than a week ago but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago", McMaster said, adding that the Trump administration is prepared to deal militarily with North Korea if necessary.
Trump has pushed China to pressure North Korea to halt a nuclear weapons program that is nearing the capability of targeting the United States.
Thursday: He says that his "fire and fury" warning maybe "wasn't tough enough".
"The US military is locked and loaded every day", Mr McMaster said, repeating Mr Trump's threat.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump has asked for a report on what could happen next in the country.
But Mr Pompeo denied that a threat of a nuclear conflict was imminent, saying: "I've heard folks talking about being on the cusp of a nuclear war".
"I'd love to see it, but I don't think that's in the cards", Clapper said on CNN's "State of the Union".
Several countries have expressed concern with the escalation of the crisis. 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, for its part, threatened to shoot four missiles towards the island of Guam, a strategic outpost of the u.s. forces in the Pacific, where are stationed about 6,000 american soldiers.
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.
But Trump on Friday appeared to set another red line - the mere utterance of threats - that would trigger a USA attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for Kim.
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