Former spy chief: Denuclearized North Korea not in the cards


The intercontinental ballistic missile tested twice in July is believed to have the ability to strike American cities across the continental U.S. Over the past week, North Korea has signaled its intentions to fire intermediate-range ballistic missiles towards Guam, home to numerous U.S. strategic military assets.

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.

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".

"Each time they test another missile, or if they should conduct a nuclear weapons text, they develop expertise, they expend the envelope. [There is] no intelligence that would indicate we are in that place today".

USA intelligence does not indicate an imminent nuclear war with North Korea, the chief of the Central Intelligence Agency said Sunday, after a week of bellicose rhetoric between the two sides.

"The U.S. military is locked and loaded every day", McMaster said, repeating Trump's threat.

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".

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

He also will discuss military options in the event the "diplomatic and economic pressurisation campaign" fails. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a US territory in the Pacific.

Earlier this week, the Trump administration also imposed new sanctions on Venezuela, targeting members of the new all-powerful constituent assembly.

"President Trump inherited a mess", Graham said.

Both "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior", the White House said in a statement.

Clapper called for a change in approach with North Korea in "accepting" the dictatorship as a nuclear power and merely attempting to "cap it or control it".