United States national security adviser assures war with N. Korea isn't imminent

United States national security adviser assures war with N. Korea isn't imminent

Top U.S. officials have offered reassurances that a military confrontation with North Korea is "not imminent", but they are standing firmly behind President Donald Trump's strong statements against the regime.

There's no "imminent" threat of a nuclear war between the USA and North Korea, according to CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who explained that Donald Trump's threats against Pyongyang describe only a possible response for "certain actions".

Speaking to Fox News, he said: "There's nothing imminent".

"Tensions between North Korea and the United States have racheted up in recent weeks".

"But make no mistake about it, the continuation, the increased chance that there will be a nuclear missile in Denver is a very serious threat and the investigation is going to treat it as such". Pompeo touted a unanimous United Nations Security Council vote earlier this month to increase sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program and said the USA had seen China join the U.S. in demanding that Pyongyang denuclearize.

But as for being on the "cusp of a nuclear war", Pompeo said, "I've seen no intelligence that would indicate that we're in that place today". Trump has often used sharp words to argue that China isn't doing enough to rein in North Korea, and has threatened punitive measures on trade if Xi fails to act.

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The North Korean missile tests last month showed the nuclear-armed regime now possessing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) weapon capable of reaching the mainland of the United States.

But he stressed that there was also "a very determined diplomatic effort" under way to put pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Pompeo declined to say how long it will be before North Korea could carry out such a nuclear attack on the USA mainland.

Joseph Dunford is traveling in Asia and is expected to meet with leaders in China, South Korea and Japan. He said the U.S.is taking "all possible actions" to diffuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula, without resorting to military action.

But Trump on Friday appeared to set another red line - the mere utterance of threats - that would trigger a USA attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for Kim. North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States and ignores the global community's pretensions regarding violation of human rights and its nuclear power programs for many years. "All those smart people who are criticizing his rhetoric and his policy, how well did you do?"

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