Venezuela could become a risk to US: CIA director

In this Aug. 10 2017 file

In this Aug. 10 2017 file

President Donald Trump said he would respond to further threats from North Korea with "fire and fury", and North Korea threatened to attack Guam, a United States territory.

But the intelligence chief also said he saw no imminent threat of North Korea attacking the US with such a nuclear weapon, although he expected the rogue nation's missile program would continue despite worldwide sanctions. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific.

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

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

H.R. McMaster, the White House national security advisor, said Trump, who alarmed many with his incendiary remarks about North Korea over the last week, had not drawn any "red line" regarding Kim's nuclear program.

The CIA chief described Mr Kim as "rational" and responsive to "adverse circumstances".

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

Meanwhile, top U.S. military officer General Joseph Dunford is in Asia and is expected to meet with leaders in South Korea, Japan and China. He also will discuss military options in the event the "diplomatic and economic pressurization campaign" fails.

Referring to Kim, President Trump added: "If he utters one threat ... or if he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast".

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

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.

Tuesday: "North Korea, best not make any more threats to the United States", Mr Trump tells reporters. It also said that the two "reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

The tough talk capped a week in which long-standing tensions between the countries risked abruptly boiling over.

The North then came out with a threat to lob four intermediate-range "Hwasong-12" missiles near Guam, a tiny USA territory some 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from the North's capital, Pyongyang.