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Central Intelligence Agency chief: No indication of imminent nuclear war with N. Korea
March 23 2018, 01:29 | Irvin Gilbert
KCNA Global Look Press
But Trump on Friday appeared to set another red line - the mere utterance of threats - that would trigger a USA attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for Kim.
President Trump has used confrontational rhetoric emphasizing US willingness to use force if necessary to prevent the Kim government from developing a long-range nuclear missile capable of hitting the USA mainland, but he has also indicated support for more direct talks.
USA officials said Sunday a military confrontation with North Korea's is not imminent, but they cautioned the possibility of war is greater than a decade ago.
North Korea, according to the director, has been moving at an "ever alarming rate" to develop nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) says North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon), is "rational" despite the behavior he's shown during escalating tensions with the United States.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., welcomed Trump's pugnacious approach, arguing that numerous president's critics failed to stop North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon that could hit the United States.
"The United States has actually lowered the bar by saying that the best evidence North Korea is serious about diplomatic negotiations is to stop missile tests", said political analyst Bong Young-shik with the Yonsei University Institute for North Korean Studies.
Trump warned last week that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten his country.
Calvo said, "With all the criticism that's going on over there from a guy that's being targeted, we need a president like you".
"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said.
Pompeo and Graham were on "Fox News Sunday", and McMaster appeared on ABC's "This Week".
"We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war", he added. On Saturday morning, the American ABC broadcasting network quoted the North Korean state-owned media outlet that broadcasted a message from the regime stating that its military is ready at any given moment for an order to launch nuclear fire towards U.S. territory.
The call came after Trump made fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the USA military "locked and loaded" and warning Kim that he "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against US territories or allies.
President Moon has so far been frustrated in his efforts to both increase engagement with Pyongyang and support strong US -led sanctions and military deterrence.
"The most effective way of preserving peace is to be prepared for war", McMaster said.