CIA Chief: Not Surprising If N. Korea Tests Another Missile

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that President Trump would consider it "unacceptable" for North Korea to possess a nuclear-armed ballistic missile capable of striking the United States - a development believed to be soon within Pyongyang's reach.

White House officials have insisted the investigation is 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.

But the intelligence chief also said he saw no imminent threat of North Korea attacking the US with such a nuclear weapon, although he expected the rogue nation's missile program would continue despite global sanctions.

"Every time they test a missile, or if they are a test nuclear missile, they are gaining in expertise, and we can say that they progress at an alarming rate", said Mr. Pompeo on Fox News, when asked about the possibility of a missile north Korean nuclear strike on american soil. "I've seen no intelligence that would indicate that we're in that place today". "They expand the envelope", he said.

"The president has made it very clear to the North Korean regime how America will respond if certain actions are taken", Pompeo said. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a US territory in the Pacific.


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". "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".

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

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", the president declared before the White House press pool Tuesday.

Donald Trump in particular has promised "fire and anger" at North Korea. "He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before".

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