Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

United States officials says confrontation with North Korea not imminent

United States officials says confrontation with North Korea not imminent

Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that Venezuela could become a "risk" to the United States if chaos continues to roil the South American country.

Pompeo and Graham were on "Fox News Sunday", and McMaster appeared on ABC's "This Week".

'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.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump has asked for a report on what could happen next in the country.

North Korea is thought to have developed a miniaturized warhead, and a more advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, that would enhance its ability to deliver a nuclear payload against the U.S.

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

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

When host Chris Wallace pressed him about how close North Korea is to being able to hit the USA mainland, Pompeo said that it was alarming but hard to define.

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 United States military is locked and loaded every day, and especially those who are on the front lines of freedom", said McMaster, who's also an Army lieutenant general.

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

He said the U.S. has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but he declined to provide specifics. It said China, North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, hopes all sides can do more to help ease the crisis and increase mutual trust, rather than taking turns in shows of strength.

North Korea, meanwhile, has threatened to launch a rocket at the waters near the USA territory of Guam some 21,000 miles away.

A Chinese state-run newspaper said on Friday that China should remain neutral if North Korea launches an attack that threatens the United States, sounding a warning for Pyongyang over its plans to fire missiles near Guam.

North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said in an editorial Saturday that the North's army is "capable of fighting any war the USA wants".

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.

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