Baghdad – Agencies
The head of the CIA said there was “no imminent threat” of a nuclear war with North Korea amid escalating war of words between the two countries.
In an interview with Fox News, Mike Pompio said Pyongyang “is moving at an even more alarming pace than ever” under its weapons program, adding that testing another missile would not be surprising.
But warned that Washington’s “strategic patience” had run out.
Pyongyang and Washington resorted to fireballs, while US President Donald Trump threatened to “pour out fire and anger” at North Korea.
Pompeo said he was “very confident” that the North Korean leader would “continue to try to develop” his country’s weapons program.
Asked when North Korea would deploy a nuclear weapon that could target the United States, he replied, “They are closer than ever” to do so.
Trump said the US military was “ready and ready” while Pyongyang accused Trump of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.
China calls for avoiding escalation
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged his US counterpart Donald Trump to avoid escalation, which could worsen the crisis with North Korea.