Central Intelligence Agency chief: Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again

Central Intelligence Agency chief: Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again

Central Intelligence Agency chief: Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Sunday that there is no "imminent" threat of North Korea attacking the usa with a nuclear weapon, but he still expects the country to continue developing its missile program even as other countries call on it to stop.

North Korea, according to the director, has been moving at an "ever alarming rate" to develop nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

Pompeo praised the efforts of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in getting China and Russian Federation to join in a unanimous U.N. vote recently to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, amid the country's pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

"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".

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"There's nothing imminent", Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday". He said the US has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but Pompeo declined to provide specifics.

"The president has made it very clear to the North Korean regime how America will respond if certain actions are taken", Pompeo told Chris Wallace, "We are hopeful that the leader of that country will understand them in precisely the way they are intended, to permit him a place to get where we can get the nuclear weapons off the peninsula".

The call came after Trump made fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the USA military "locked and loaded" and warning Kim that he "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against US territories or allies.

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China's president, Xi Jinping, made a plea for cool-headedness in a phone conversation with Trump on Saturday, urging both sides to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation. North Korea has previously mobilized large crowds to show its resolve when tensions escalate.

Trump has pushed China to pressure North Korea to halt a nuclear weapons program that is nearing the capability of targeting the United States. "There's no intelligence indicating we're on the cusp of a nuclear war".

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