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

CIA Director Mike Pompeo | Win McNamee  Getty Images
CIA Director Mike Pompeo | Win McNamee Getty Images
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13 August, 2017

When host Chris Wallace pressed him about how close North Korea is to being able to hit the USA mainland, Pompeo said that it was alarming but hard to define.

Pompeo praised the efforts of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in getting China and Russian Federation to join in a unanimous U.N. vote recently to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, amid the country's pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

On this weekend's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday", CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Iran and the Islamist terrorist group Hezbollah were involved in the civil war in Venezuela.

Asked if that meant that he does not expect any future missile tests, Pompeo said he is "quite confident" that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un "will continue to try to develop a missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test".

"He conducted two in July, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test", Pompeo said to Fox News on Sunday.

Later, Trump stressed that the US military is "locked and loaded" for a potential conflict.

"He's pretty isolated today for the first time", he said. North Korean officials in turn have accused the US leader of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.

Despite calls for Trump to turn down the rhetoric and end the back-and-forth with Kim, the president continued to make his point, saying Friday that the United States military is "locked and loaded".

"The president has made it very clear to the North Korean regime how America will respond if certain actions are taken", Pompeo said. "President Trump has made it clear that it is his intention to protect the American people".

The top USA military officer, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, is traveling in Asia and expected to meet with leaders in South Korea, Japan and China. North Korea's achievements have significantly escalated the threat.

White House officials have insisted the investigation was 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.

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.


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