Confrontation with North Korea not imminent

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the 3rd Meeting of Activists of the Korean People's Army in the Movement for Winning the Title of O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment in this undated

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the 3rd Meeting of Activists of the Korean People's Army in the Movement for Winning the Title of O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment in this undated

CIA Director Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) says there's "nothing imminent today".

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

South Korea has said the North's missile program was progressing faster than expected, with Sunday's test considered successful in flight. "It is probably fair to say they are moving toward that at an ever-alarming rate", he said when asked whether North Korea has nuclear weapons capable of hitting the U.S.

But he stressed the U.S. is pursuing "a very determined diplomatic effort" led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that is coupled with new financial sanctions to dissuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from further provocations.

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"We are going to continue to work the issue", Mattis told a Pentagon news conference. "He conducted two in July, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test". "They expand the envelope".

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, 3,500 km (2,175 miles) away.

Trump warned last week that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten his country.

Mr Trump said the USA military was "locked and loaded", while Pyongyang has accused him of "driving" the Korean peninsula to the "brink of a nuclear war".

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He said he doesn't think the U.S.is closer to war than a week ago, but closer to war than a decade ago.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, tells ABC's "This Week" that "we're not closer to war than a week ago, but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago".

"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said. "But we're taking all possible actions short of military action to resolve this very grave threat to the United States and the world", the lieutenant general said, citing diplomatic efforts, increased sanctions and increased pressure. "But the objective of capable, ready forces is to preserve peace and prevent war".

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