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United States officials says confrontation with North Korea not imminent

United States officials says confrontation with North Korea not imminent

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday", CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he would not be surprised if North Korea carried out another missile test to advance its missile and nuclear programs.

"I'm quite confident that he will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test", Pompeo said.

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

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

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.

"We're not closer to war than a week ago but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago", McMaster said, adding that the Trump administration is prepared to deal militarily with North Korea if necessary.

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

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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".

He will also discuss military options in the event the "diplomatic and economic pressurisation campaign" fails.

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. "President Trump has made it clear that it is his intention to protect the American people".

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

Arreaza accused Trump of "warmongering" and said Trump's comments represented "the United States' systematic aggression against Venezuela". China, North Korea's only major ally, has urged restraint.

"President Trump inherited a mess", Graham said.

H.R. McMaster, the White House national security advisor, said Trump, who alarmed many with his incendiary remarks about North Korea over the last week, had not drawn any "red line" regarding Kim's nuclear program.

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