Central Intelligence Agency chief: No indication of imminent nuclear war with N. Korea

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Trump spent last week trading rhetorical fire with North Korea, warning it faced the "fire and fury" of the USA military, which was "locked and loaded" should the nation launch a missile.

He said President Trump was just trying to give the country's people hope when he floated the idea on Friday that the USA would take military action after condemning Venezuelan leader Nicholas Maduro for human rights abuses and calling for him to hold "free and fair elections".

He said the United States has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but he declined to provide specifics.

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

US intelligence does not indicate an imminent nuclear war with North Korea, the chief of the Central Intelligence Agency said Sunday, after a week of bellicose rhetoric between the two sides.

"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said.

Also on Sunday, the top U.S. military officer, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, travelled to South Korea.

Pompeo told Fox News Sunday that when U.S. President Donald Trump raised the possibility of military intervention in Venezuela, Trump was trying "to give the Venezuelan people hope and opportunity to create a situation where democracy can be restored".

Gen Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters travelling with him that he aims to "sense what the temperature is in the region".

People look at the central Seoul through a window bearing the distance between Pyongyang and Seoul at an observation platform in Seoul South Korea

He will also discuss military options in the event the "diplomatic and economic pressurisation campaign" fails.

"We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war", he added.

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster echoed the tenor of Pompeo's remarks, saying the threat posed by North Korea is "coming to a head", but adding in an interview on ABC, "we're not closer to war than a week ago".

"This administration has made our policy very clear".

Pompeo said it's clear North Korea's nuclear capabilities are progressing rapidly, but he downplayed any immediate risk to the United States.

These comments come following a week of verbal escalation between the United States and North Korea.

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.

Vice President Pence began a tour through South American on Sunday, but was not expected to make a stop in Venezuela.

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".

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