United States wants India to make North Korea understand the situation

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

Senior U.S. national security officials said Sunday that a military confrontation with North Korea's is not imminent, but they cautioned that the possibility of war is greater than it was a decade ago.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday he would not be surprised if North Korea tested another missile, given that it had two tests in July.

But he warned that Washington's "strategic patience" was over. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific.

Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation", Pompeo said Trump had "made very clear that the United States finds it unacceptable for a rogue leader like Kim Jong Un to have the capacity of a ballistic missile with a warhead that is integrated and fully deliverable to the United States and hold America and the world at risk".

When asked about how close the North was to being able to deploy a nuclear weapon that could hit the USA, he said: "They're closer".

Mike Pompeo says Pyongyang is moving at an "ever alarming rate" with its weapons program. That prompted a new round of United Nations economic sanctions, which angered Mr Kim's regime.

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

Following Trump's initial threat, North Korea threatened to target the tiny Pacific island of Guam, a USA territory that is home to large US air and naval bases.

Thursday: He says that his "fire and fury" warning maybe "wasn't tough enough".

He played down the gravity of Trump's tweet Friday that the USA military is "locked and loaded" to respond to North Korea's threats.

Who said it: Trump or Kim?

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".

"I'd love to see it, but I don't think that's in the cards", Clapper said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Several countries have expressed concern with the escalation of the crisis.

Since July North Korea has been threatening United state mainlands by testing the intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).

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.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., welcomed Trump's pugnacious approach, arguing that numerous president's critics failed to stop North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon that could hit the United States.

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