Military 'Locked And Loaded' If North Korea Missteps

14 August, 2017, 00:12 | Author: Ora Austin
  • The North has threatened to fire ballistic missiles over Japan towards the tourism-dependent island as Pyongyang and Washington ratchet up their war of words

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Pyongyang was moving at an "ever-alarming rate" with its weapons programme and another missile test would not be surprising.

Pompeo and Graham were on "Fox News Sunday", and McMaster appeared on ABC's "This Week".

"I am quite confident that [North Korean leader Kim Jong-un] will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test", Pompeo stated.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says Venezuela could "very much" become a risk to the United States. They said the United States and its allies no longer can afford to stand by as North Korea pushes ahead with the development of a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile.

"When I served in Korea many years ago as the director of intelligence US forces in Korea, what I was anxious about was an incendiary event getting out of hand", Clapper added.

Pompeo also said that the problem has been ongoing through previous US administrations, but he argued President Donald Trump was making strides to effect change.

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

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".

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Trump said he's "not going to rule out" a military option and added it's "certainly something that we could pursue".

Pompeo said the rhetoric from Trump was geared at sending a message to North Korea and letting the isolated nation know that the U.S. policy of "strategic patience" had come to an end.

The North then came out with a threat to lob four intermediate-range "Hwasong-12" missiles near Guam, a tiny US territory some 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from the North's capital, Pyongyang.

He added, "That's exactly the policy of the Trump administration".

"The United States military is locked and loaded every day, and especially those who are on the front lines of freedom", said McMaster, who's also an Army lieutenant general.

Clapper called for a change in approach with North Korea in "accepting" the dictatorship as a nuclear power and merely attempting to "cap it or control it".

"President Trump inherited a mess", Graham said.

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