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 — Central Intelligence Agency chief

The Trump-Xi phone call came as Japan set up a missile-defense system in western areas of the country, following a threat by North Korea to fire missiles over Japan toward the USA territory of Guam. "So between that and Trump's promise to unleash fire and fury at North Korea, you could be forgiven for your confusion about whether you're listening to the fictional Daenerys Targaryen on "Game of Thrones" or the very real President of the United States". Beijing is reluctant to put so much pressure on the regime that it risks collapse.

The restrictions came after North Korea's latest missile tests, which it claimed involved the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Pyongyang recently said it was working on a plan to launch a medium-range ballistic missile near the USA territory of Guam, some 3,200 km from North Korea.

The White House said that Trump and Xi agreed during their call that North Korea must stop provocative behavior, reiterating their mutual commitment to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. "All the macho war talk between rounds of golf at Bedminster has made it hard to tell Trump's words from those of the brutal 33-year-old dictator of North Korea", Reid explained.

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But he says "effective military-to-military" ties with China also are important.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, tells ABC's "This Week" that "we're not closer to war than a week ago, but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago".

"And I think there's a much greater danger if there were to be any kind of degree of ambiguity in connection with the kind of response that Kim Jong Un could expect if he were to threaten the United States or our allies".

A recent CBS poll found 61 percent of respondents were "uneasy" with Trump's ability to handle the North Korean nuclear situation.

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McMaster also said while poised militarily, the U.S. is exploring other avenues to confront the threat from Kim's weapons program.

"The president's rhetoric could be aimed at China, but largely it is aimed at North Korea, trying to deter", Roehrig said.

"It's tailor-made for somebody to misuse", he added.

Aggression in diplomacy - telling the Koreans that the U.S. is "locked and loaded", and will bring "fire and fury" - are counterproductive and senseless.

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