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North Korea: No imminent threat of nuclear war, says CIA chief

North Korea: No imminent threat of nuclear war, says CIA chief

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

South Korea has said the North's missile program was progressing faster than expected, with Sunday's test considered successful in flight.

North Korea has defied all calls to rein in its nuclear and missile programs, even from China, its lone major ally, calling them legitimate self-defense.

But he stressed that there was also "a very determined diplomatic effort" under way to put pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "[There is] no intelligence that would indicate we are in that place today".

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

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The "dual suspension" argument was first floated in March , when foreign minister Wang Yi spoke to reporters in Beijing .

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.

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

"What I'm talking about is I've heard folks talking about being on the cusp of a nuclear war", he clarified. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific.

In a separate interview on ABC News, Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, struck a similar tone.

"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said.

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MILITARY confrontation with North Korea's is not imminent, senior U.S. national security officials said yesterday, but the possibility was greater than it was a decade ago.

"Our response is we are prepared militarily to deal with this if necessary".

Pompeo also said that the problem has been ongoing through previous US administrations, but he argued President Donald Trump was making strides to effect change.

Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official newspaper, said the volunteers had offered to join or rejoin the People's Army after the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement on Monday condemning new sanctions imposed by the United Nations in retaliation for North Korean missile tests.

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Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh is among top diplomats from more than 20 countries attending meetings in Manila this week. Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm.


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