Pompeo on Nuclear Confrontation With North Korea: 'Nothing Imminent Today'

The US and North Korea have recently been engaged in a war of words with Pyongyang describing Trump's "fire and fury" threat if an American territory is targeted or attacked by Pyongyang as a "load of nonsense".

Pompeo said North Korea is getting closer to developing a nuclear weapon that could threaten the American people, and he noted that "previous administrations" have done nothing about it.

The op-ed also emphasizes China's role in pressuring North Korea to decelerate its nuclear program.

Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo offered assurances on Sunday there was "nothing imminent" in the USA standoff with nuclear-armed North Korea but said he wouldn't be surprised if Pyongyang conducted another missile test.

North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said in an editorial Saturday that the North's army is "capable of fighting any war the USA wants".

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday the U.S.is not on the brink of war with North Korea, although the possibility of conflict is greater than it was a decade ago.

Meanwhile, the New York Times said that Trump's threats are a wild card in the showdown with North Korea.

At the end of July, North Korea test-fired an improved intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a Hwasong-14, that could strike the United States mainland, purportedly, as far east as Chicago.

The missile tests last month demonstrated that the nuclear-armed regime now has intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of reaching the USA mainland, experts said.

Trump has previously said he is "disappointed" China does nothing but "talk" on North Korea and urged the country to do more to halt North Korea's rapidly advancing nuclear program.

"I don't think military action is imminent, but we're on a collision course with North Korea", Graham said on "Fox News Sunday". "He conducted two in July so it wouldn't surprise me if there's another missile test".

He added that the United States has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but did not provide specifics.

Sensing that his "fire and fury" rage at North Korea may not have struck the right chord, President Donald Trump fired another warning at Kim Jong-Un's government to "get their acts together" or face extraordinary "trouble".

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he's aiming to further develop a working relationship with his counterpart in China in order to lessen the risk of miscalculation on the Korean Peninsula as tensions rise between the US and North Korea.

Trump and Kim have exchanged threats after Pyongyang's continued testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in defiance of United Nations sanctions, according to RFE/RL.

"Recent commercial satellite imagery reveals several developments suggesting that North Korea may be accelerating the development of the sea-based leg of its nuclear forces", he said.

  • Rogelio Becker