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Central Intelligence Agency chief says 'nothing imminent' in US-N.Korea standoff

Central Intelligence Agency chief says 'nothing imminent' in US-N.Korea standoff

Following Trump's initial threat, North Korea threatened to target the tiny Pacific island of Guam, a USA territory that is home to large US air and naval bases.

"I'd love to see it, but I don't think that's in the cards", Clapper said on CNN's "State of the Union".

"When I served in Korea many years ago as the director of intelligence US forces in Korea, what I was anxious about was an incendiary event getting out of hand", he told Tapper.

Despite expecting further missile testing, Mr Pompeo denied there is an imminent threat of nuclear war.

In a separate interview on "Fox News Sunday", Pompeo was asked about the nature and degree of threat to the US mainland in light of Kim's continuing drive to develop North Korea's missile and nuclear capacities.

James Clapper, a former director of national intelligence, said Sunday that he does not think a denuclearized North Korea is "in the cards" and the USA should accept that and focus on controlling it. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a US territory in the Pacific.

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.

"This administration has made our policy very clear".

He added that he was confident North Korea would continue to develop its missile capabilities under its leader Kim Jong-Un, "so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another test".

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". The CIA chief described Kim as "rational" and responsive to "adverse circumstances". They have already done two in July, has also advanced Mike Pompeo, in reference to the two test-firing of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) carried out by the regime in July. "But make no mistake about it ... the increased chance that there will be a nuclear missile in Denver is a very serious threat".

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

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.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., welcomed Trump's pugnacious approach, arguing that numerous president's critics failed to stop North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon that could hit the United States. "But the goal of capable, ready forces is to preserve peace and prevent war".