Confrontation with North Korea not imminent

Aug 15, 2017, 00:30
Confrontation with North Korea not imminent

There's no "imminent" threat of a nuclear war between the USA and North Korea, according to CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who explained that Donald Trump's threats against Pyongyang describe only a possible response for "certain actions".

"I've heard folks talking about that we're on the cusp of a nuclear war", Pompeo said on Fox News Sunday. "The President has enabled the intelligence community and the Department of Defence, to be sure, that we're protecting America from this threat", Pompeo said.

Pompeo praised the efforts of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in getting China and Russian Federation to join in a unanimous U.N. vote recently to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, amid the country's pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

But he stressed the U.S. was pursuing "a very determined diplomatic effort" led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson 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.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, plans to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday ahead of a trip to China.

Top U.S. officials have offered reassurances that a military confrontation with North Korea is "not imminent", but they are standing firmly behind President Donald Trump's strong statements against the regime.

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Asked if Americans should worry about rising tensions with North Korea, Mike Pompeo replied that "nothing is imminent".

The North has accused the United States of mobilising a huge number of weapons and troops for annual military drills with South Korea that begin later this month.

Dunford attempted to reassure Americans, as well as Japanese and South Koreans, that the USA military has the "capability to defend them against a limited attack that North Korea is capable of delivering today". "And now it's coming to a head, where the threat from North Korea not only to the United States but the world is very, very clear", he said.

"We have tremendous military capabilities".

Zakharova said that the United States was not considering the full repercussions of an armed conflict in the region.

"I will not be surprised that they will do another missile test".

The order directs US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether to investigate Chinese trade practises that force US companies operating in China to turn over intellectual property. "He was communicating to the world, to China and to others who can influence the outcome there". Trump is expected on Monday to launch a trade investigation into China. "Using one issue as a tool for exerting pressure on another is clearly inappropriate".

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