Korea not 'imminent' - Central Intelligence Agency chief

Top US General Jets Into Asia as North Korea Tensions Run High

Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo offered assurances on Sunday there was "nothing imminent" in the US standoff with nuclear-armed North Korea but said he wouldn't be surprised if Pyongyang conducted another missile test.

H.R. McMaster, the USA national security advisor, said Trump's regime is taking "all possible actions" to deal with the totalitarian state's nuclear threat without the use of force.

The call came after Trump made fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the USA military "locked and loaded" and warning Kim that he "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against US territories or allies.

"Tensions between North Korea and the United States have racheted up in recent weeks".

"For now, there is no threat (of war), but believe me, there is the possibility of a nuclear missile aimed at Denver, which is a serious threat", he said. "No intelligence that would indicate that we're in that place today".

"What I'm talking about is I've heard folks talking about being on the cusp of a nuclear war", he added.

Joseph Dunford is traveling in Asia and is expected to meet with leaders in China, South Korea and Japan.

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"I don't think military action is imminent, but we're on a collision course with North Korea", Graham said on "Fox News Sunday".

He said Trump "will not tolerate" the threat to the USA and the world, which is now "very, very clear" and growing "every day, with every missile test".

Pompeo said he's "quite confident" that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un will keep working on his missile program. Beijing is North Korea's biggest economic partner and source of aid. Trump has often used sharp words to argue that China isn't doing enough to rein in North Korea, and has threatened punitive measures on trade if Xi fails to act.

The op-ed emphasizes that "any attack will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons will be met with an effective and overwhelming response" to North Korea.

The North then came out with a threat to lob four intermediate-range "Hwasong-12" missiles near Guam, a tiny USA territory some 2,000 miles from the North's capital, Pyongyang.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, now a CNN contributor, said Sunday that he does not foresee a scenario where North Korea relinquishes its nuclear weapons. "I have President Trump's back on this".

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

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