CIA's Pompeo says no 'imminent' threat of nuclear war

Pompeo, appearing on "Fox News Sunday", said there is nothing imminent in terms of a threat.

"I'm quite confident that he will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test", Pompeo said.

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

North Korean officials in turn have accused the US leader of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.

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.

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.

Despite expecting further missile testing, Mr Pompeo denied there is an imminent threat of nuclear war.

"Our response is we're prepared militarily to deal with this if necessary. We've engaged the world to support that policy", Pompeo said, adding there will no longer be "strategic patience", the policy of former President Barack Obama, which centered on waiting for Pyongyang to return to denuclearization talks while increasing sanctions and pressure on the regime. "What he does is he asks us to make sure that we have viable options for him - options that combine diplomatic, economic and military capabilities".

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.

Clapper called for a change in approach with North Korea in "accepting" the dictatorship as a nuclear power and merely attempting to "cap it or control it". In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific.

"President Trump inherited a mess", Graham said.

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.

The White House said in a statement that Trump and Xi "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior".

"Let's see what he does with Guam", Trump told reporters, referring to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

  • Rogelio Becker