Central Intelligence Agency chief: No indication of imminent nuclear war with N. Korea

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Pyongyang was moving at an "ever-alarming rate" with its weapons programme and another missile test would not be surprising.

He conducted two in July, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test, ' Pompeo said on Fox News Sunday.

Mike Pompeo says Pyongyang is moving at an "ever alarming rate" with its weapons program.

Pompeo also defended President Donald Trump's warning that North Korea, which has been in conflict with the United States since the start of the Korean War in 1950, would face "fire and fury" if it issued any more threats to the USA, comments that were widely criticized last week as overheated and interpreted by some as threatening a preemptive nuclear attack.

But he stressed the USA is pursuing "a very determined diplomatic effort" led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that is coupled with new financial sanctions to dissuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from further provocations.

'There's nothing imminent today, ' Pompeo told Chris Wallace on 'Fox News Sunday'. "They expand the envelope".

H.R. McMaster, the White House national security advisor, said Trump, who alarmed many with his incendiary remarks about North Korea over the last week, had not drawn any "red line" regarding Kim's nuclear program.

North Korea said on Thursday that plans would be completed by mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles to land near the U.S. Pacific island of Guam, 2,175 miles away.

"This administration has made our policy very clear".

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

Guam is a target because of its naval base and air force base, from which two B-1B supersonic bombers were deployed close to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday.

"We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary", Trump told reporters at his golf resort in New Jersey.

President Donald Trump has offered fiery warnings for North Korea, saying that the USA military was "locked and loaded". "He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before".

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