Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again - Central Intelligence Agency chief

Joseph Dunford Vincent Brooks

Joseph Dunford Vincent Brooks

The director also dismissed talk from those in previous administrations who suggested the Trump White House was surprised by a news report that North Korea now has a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can be put on an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the U.S.

Pompeo said he could not get into specifics but said that North Korea's progress has gone on for decades.

Senior U.S. national security officials said Sunday that a military confrontation with North Korea's is not imminent, but they cautioned that the possibility of war is greater than it was a decade ago.

U.S. President Donald Trump has offered fiery warnings for North Korea, saying that the U.S. military was "locked and loaded".

As the US and North Korea traded jabs, many observers began to fear that the two countries might find themselves in a war that Secretary of Defense James Mattis previously said would be "catastrophic" and "tragic on an unbelievable scale".

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Trump has urged China to apply more pressure on North Korea.

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

"It's that straightforward", he added, "What we need from an intelligence perspective, what is most important is that our communications are clear that the fella who intends to inflict pain on the United States of America understands the USA position in an unambiguous way".

White House officials have insisted the investigation is not created to apply additional pressure on China as it relates to North Korea despite the president's previous remarks that he would be more amenable on trade if China stopped Pyongyang's nuclear program.

President Trump has also insisted that "nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump".

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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, frequently a critic of the president, said he supported his approach to North Korea so far.

"The reaction in North Korea that we are intending to get is an is an understanding that America is no longer going to have the strategic patience that it's had that has permitted him to continue to develop his weapons program", Pompeo said. "I have President Trump's back on this".

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.

A "spiral of violence" could quickly follow, he said.

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