Central Intelligence Agency head expects more Nth Korea missile tests

Aaron Brown
August 14, 2017

Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said Sunday that North Korea had developed "at an alarming pace" his ability to launch a nuclear attack against the United States, but was keen to get a sense of the imminence of a military confrontation with Pyongyang.

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

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

Pompeo also said that the problem has been ongoing through previous US administrations, but he argued President Donald Trump was making strides to effect change.

"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.

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.

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"What I believe the president is trying to accomplish this week was to give the Venezuelan people hope and opportunity to create a situation where democracy can be restored", Pompeo said.

Trump said he's "not going to rule out" a military option and added it's "certainly something that we could pursue".

Earlier this week, the Trump administration also imposed new sanctions on Venezuela, targeting members of the new all-powerful constituent assembly. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific.

President Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday that U.S.

Arreaza accused Trump of "warmongering" and said Trump's comments represented "the United States' systematic aggression against Venezuela".

But Trump on Friday appeared to set another red line - the mere utterance of threats - that would trigger a USA attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for Kim.

Tuesday: "North Korea, best not make any more threats to the United States", Mr Trump tells reporters.

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