Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Military 'Locked And Loaded' If North Korea Missteps

Military 'Locked And Loaded' If North Korea Missteps

Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that Venezuela could become a "risk" to the USA if chaos continues to roil the South American country.

Long-standing tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme worsened when it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

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".

Mike Pompeo says Pyongyang is moving at an "ever alarming rate" with its weapons program.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump has asked for a report on what could happen next in the country.

"Each time they test another missile, or if they should conduct a nuclear weapons test, they develop expertise".

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

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

"There's no intelligence indicating we're on the cusp of a nuclear war", Pompeo said.

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He said the USA has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but Pompeo declined to provide specifics.

The top US military officer, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, is traveling in Asia and expected to meet with leaders in South Korea, Japan and China.

Referring to Kim, President Trump added: "If he utters one threat ... or if he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast".

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".

Tuesday: "North Korea, best not make any more threats to the United States", Mr Trump tells reporters.

Both sides have used hostile rhetoric, with President Donald Trump threatening "fire and fury" on the North.

North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said in an editorial Saturday that the North's army is "capable of fighting any war the USA wants".

"If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous", he explained.

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