CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended President Trump's tough rhetoric toward North Korea and praised the administration for "uniting the world" in trying to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula while making clear there is no intelligence that shows a nuclear war is "imminent".
"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. If the USA saw a North Korean ICBM heading its way, it may choose to respond with a nuclear counterattack.
But he stressed the U.S. is pursuing "a very determined diplomatic effort" led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that is coupled with new financial sanctions to dissuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from further provocations.
"Both the United States and South Korea do not believe North Korea has yet completely gained re-entry technology in material engineering terms", Suh said in remarks televised on Sunday for a Korea Broadcasting System show.
"As a military leader, I have to make sure that the [US] president does have viable military options in the event that the diplomatic and economic pressurization campaign fails", Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joe Dunford told the media yesterday from Osan Air Base.
Following Trump's vow to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea, Kim's regime threatened to fire four Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan into waters near Guam, home to United States military bases in the region. We do not seek an excuse to garrison USA troops north of the Demilitarized Zone.
North Korea announced on Thursday plans to fire missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam, even though there was no indication an attack is imminent.
Dunford says U.S. military options only if sanctions fail: South Korea
Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, before their meeting at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Monday. The top priority is the national interest of the Republic of Korea.
"That is their ticket to survival, and I don't see any way that they're going to give it up", he added.
The US and South Korean militaries are about to conduct another round of joint war games that will again fuel tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The commentary said that about 3.5 million young students and workers have volunteered to join or rejoin the army because of a possible confrontation with the United States.
North Korea, which has been boxed into a corner, can only conclude based on Trump's rhetoric that it confronts the danger of an imminent U.S. attack unless it accedes to Washington's demands.
"The president has made it very clear to the North Korean regime how America will respond if certain actions are taken", Pompeo said. -China trade. China strenuously rejects linking the two issues.
Dunford attempted to reassure Americans, as well as Japanese and South Koreans, that the US military has the "capability to defend them against a limited attack that North Korea is capable of delivering today". Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday that U.S.
North Korea's July 4 launch.
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