Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Central Intelligence Agency chief says 'nothing imminent' in US-N.Korea standoff

Central Intelligence Agency chief says 'nothing imminent' in US-N.Korea standoff

The intercontinental ballistic missile tested twice in July is believed to have the ability to strike American cities across the continental U.S. Over the past week, North Korea has signaled its intentions to fire intermediate-range ballistic missiles towards Guam, home to numerous U.S. strategic military assets.

"I will not be surprised that they will do another missile test".

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

CIA Director Mike Pompeo told Fox News Sunday that another North Korean missile test would not come as a surprise amid the rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

"When I served in Korea many years ago as the director of intelligence US forces in Korea, what I was anxious about was an incendiary event getting out of hand", Clapper added.

President Donald Trump has offered fiery warnings for North Korea, saying that the US military was "locked and loaded".

Senior US national security officials have said a military confrontation with North Korea is not imminent, but they cautioned that the possibility of war is greater than it was a decade ago.

There is no imminent threat of a nuclear war with North Korea, the top United States intelligence official says, amid growing tensions between the countries.

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".

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.

"This administration has made our policy very clear". 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.

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

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

Tensions between North Korea and the United States have racheted up in recent weeks.

On Friday, Trump said a military option against Venezuela was on the table, and he described the situation there as a "dangerous mess".

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