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North Korea: No imminent threat of nuclear war, says Central Intelligence Agency chief

North Korea: No imminent threat of nuclear war, says Central Intelligence Agency chief

These comments come following a week of verbal escalation between the United States and North Korea.

"I've seen no intelligence to indicate we're in that place today", Pompeo said. North Korean officials in turn have accused the US leader of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.

"We've seen the Chinese now say for among the first times that they believe the correct answer has to be a denuclearized peninsula", Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday".

There is no imminent threat of a nuclear war with North Korea, the top USA intelligence official says, amid growing tensions between the countries. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific.

North Korea is thought to have developed a miniaturized warhead, and a more advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, that would enhance its ability to deliver a nuclear payload against the U.S.

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New UN sanctions condemning North Korea's rapidly developing nuclear program drew fresh ire and threats from the North. Trump, responding to a report that USA intelligence indicates Pyongyang can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles, vowed to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged.

He added, "That's exactly the policy of the Trump administration".

Pompeo described the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, as "rational".

Pressed on his "nothing imminent" statement, Pompeo said: "What I'm talking about is, I've heard folks talking about that we have been on the cusp of a nuclear war".

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster echoed the tenor of Pompeo's remarks, saying the threat posed by North Korea is "coming to a head", but adding in an interview on ABC, "we're not closer to war than a week ago".

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Guam is a target because of its naval base and air force base, from which two B-1B supersonic bombers were deployed close to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday.

"Our response is we're prepared militarily to deal with this if necessary. But make no mistake about it ... the increased chance that there will be a nuclear missile in Denver is a very serious threat".

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

Global communities including India agrees that North Korea Is imposing serious threat against the United State. "But the goal of capable, ready forces is to preserve peace and prevent war".

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