CIA Chief: Not Surprising If N. Korea Tests Another Missile

Marsha Scott
August 14, 2017

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, now a CNN contributor, said Sunday that he does not foresee a scenario where North Korea relinquishes its nuclear weapons.

Pompeo and Graham were on "Fox News Sunday", and McMaster appeared on ABC's "This Week".

But he stressed the U.S. 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.

And Pompeo said he fully expected Kim to continue to oversee missile tests and seek to advance the North Korean nuclear program in an effort to shore up the country's ability to strike the mainland United States with a nuclear weapon. They have already done two in July, has also advanced Mike Pompeo, in reference to the two test-firing of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) carried out by the regime in July.

But he rejected talk of the USA being on the "cusp of nuclear war".

Friday: The US president warns that military solutions are "locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely".

The Washington Post reported this week that the US Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that North Korea has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could be put atop an ICBM.

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But the intelligence chief also said he saw no imminent threat of North Korea attacking the USA with such a nuclear weapon, although he expected the rogue nation's missile program would continue despite global sanctions.

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 nothing imminent today", Mr. Pompeo said.

Trump said he's "not going to rule out" a military option and added it's "certainly something that we could pursue".

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.

"The United States military is locked and loaded every day, and especially those who are on the front lines of freedom", said McMaster, who's also an Army lieutenant general.

Both "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior", the White House said in a statement.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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