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Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

BBCI: North Korea: No imminent threat of nuclear war, says Central Intelligence Agency chief

BBCI: North Korea: No imminent threat of nuclear war, says Central Intelligence Agency chief

Despite escalating tensions with North Korea, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Sunday that nuclear war is not "imminent".

Long-standing tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme worsened when it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

"I am quite confident that (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test".

In an interview with Fox News Sunday he added: "They're moving towards that [goal] at an ever-alarming rate".

Now it was on countries like China and Russian Federation along with USA allies like South Korea and Japan to work in tandem to get nuclear weapons out of the region.

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.

"If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous", he explained.

"Nothing is imminent. But be careful, the increased likelihood of a nuclear missile strikes the United States is a very risky threat", added the director of the u.s. central intelligence agency. When host Chris Wallace pressed him about how close North Korea is to being able to hit the US mainland, Pompeo said that it was alarming but hard to define.

Pompeo said he could not get into specifics but said that North Korea's progress has gone on for decades.

In response, Mr Trump said North Korea should expect "big, big trouble" if anything happened to Guam.

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

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. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a US territory in the Pacific.

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

White House officials have insisted the investigation is not created to apply additional pressure on China as it relates to North Korea despite the president's previous remarks that he would be more amenable on trade if China stopped Pyongyang's nuclear program.

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

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