Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again — Central Intelligence Agency chief


"I've seen no intelligence to indicate we're in that place today", Pompeo said.

But Mr Pompeo denied that a threat of a nuclear conflict was imminent, saying: "I've heard folks talking about being on the cusp of a nuclear war".

They said the United States and its allies can no longer afford to stand by as North Korea pushes ahead with the development of a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile.

"I will not be surprised that they will do another missile test".

"It is probably fair to say that they are moving towards that at an ever alarming rate". "They expand the envelope", he said.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

There is no imminent threat of a nuclear war with North Korea, the top USA intelligence official says, amid growing tensions between the countries.

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North Korea warned foreign diplomats to leave Pyongyang in 2013 when it suspended work at a joint inter-Korean industrial park and threatened missile strikes on U.S. Pacific bases, notably in Guam and Hawaii.

This administration has made our policy very clear. "The intelligence makes very clear that the Maduro regime continues to put snipers in towers and do things that are awful, repressive and the American policy is to work with our Latin American partners to try and restore democracy".

Pompeo described the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, as "rational".

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

"Our response is we're prepared militarily to deal with this if necessary. But we're taking all possible actions short of military action to resolve this very grave threat to the United States and the world", the lieutenant general said, citing diplomatic efforts, increased sanctions and increased pressure.

"The US military is locked and loaded every day", Mr McMaster said, repeating Mr Trump's threat.

Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official newspaper, said the volunteers had offered to join or rejoin the People's Army after the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement on Monday condemning new sanctions imposed by the United Nations in retaliation for North Korean missile tests. "And so this is why what Kim Jong-un is doing is very, very risky".