CIA Chief: Not Surprising If N. Korea Tests Another Missile

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo

The US Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo says he wouldn't be surprised if North Korea tested another missile, given that it had two tests in July.

"It is probably fair to say that they are moving towards that at an ever alarming rate".

"I think we're not closer to war than a week ago, but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago", National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told ABC News' "This Week".

"Each time they test another missile, or if they should conduct a nuclear weapons text, they develop expertise, they expend the envelope".

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 U.S. territory.

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

As of late Thursday, two US officials said the threat with regards to North Korea had not changed, additional assets were not being moved into the region and intelligence did not show indications of North Korea preparing a missile launch.

"Let's see what he does with Guam", Trump told reporters, referring to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

"There's nothing imminent today", Mr. Pompeo said.

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

He said the US has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but Pompeo declined to provide specifics.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made clear how the U.S. will respond to North Korea's provocations, and hopefully, the regime will understand, Pompeo added.

China's president, Xi Jinping, made a plea for cool-headedness in a phone conversation with Trump on Saturday, urging both sides to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific.

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.

Last week, North Korea threatened to strike the United States and its Pacific territory of Guam.

The contacts are being held regularly between Joseph Yun, the US envoy for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at Pyongyang's United Nations mission, according to USA officials and others briefed on the process cited by the AP.

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