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

CIA chief says nothing imminent

CIA chief says nothing imminent

"Every time they test a missile, or if they are a test nuclear missile, they are gaining in expertise, and we can say that they progress at an alarming rate", said Mr. Pompeo on Fox News, when asked about the possibility of a missile north Korean nuclear strike on american soil.

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

But he rejected talk of the US being on the "cusp of nuclear war".

Asked how anxious people should be, Pompeo told Fox News Sunday: "Nothing imminent".

This AP file photo shows CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

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.

"It doesn't surprise me that those who came before us were surprised; they did nothing", Pompeo said.

The White House said in a statement that Trump and Xi "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior". In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific. "President Trump has made it clear that it is his intention to protect the American people". "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.

But he stressed that the U.S.is pursuing "a very determined diplomatic effort" led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that's coupled with new financial sanctions to dissuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from further provocations.

"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump's national security adviser, tried to provide assurances that a conflict is avoidable, while also supporting Trump's tough talk.

"They've been growing closer for two decades plus ..."

"Our response is we're prepared militarily to deal with this if necessary".

Despite calls for Trump to turn down the rhetoric and end the back-and-forth with Kim, the president continued to make his point, saying Friday that the United States military is "locked and loaded". "But the objective of capable, ready forces is to preserve peace and prevent war".