USA officials says confrontation with North Korea not imminent

Boris Johnson has condemned North Korea's testing of missiles

Boris Johnson has condemned North Korea's testing of missiles

The U.S.is not on the brink of nuclear war with North Korea, but the threat of an armed conflict is the highest it's been in 10 years, President Trump's top national security officials said Sunday.

In a separate interview on "Fox News Sunday", Pompeo was asked about the nature and degree of threat to the US mainland in light of Kim's continuing drive to develop North Korea's missile and nuclear capacities.

Mr Pompeo said he was "quite confident" that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would "continue to try to develop" the country's weapons programme.

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster echoed the tenor of Pompeo's remarks, saying the threat posed by North Korea is "coming to a head", but adding in an interview on ABC, "we're not closer to war than a week ago".

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. "What he does is he asks us to make sure that we have viable options for him - options that combine diplomatic, economic and military capabilities".

Despite expecting further missile testing, Mr Pompeo denied there is an imminent threat of nuclear war.

"What I believe the president is trying to accomplish this week was to give the Venezuelan people hope and opportunity to create a situation where democracy can be restored", Pompeo said.

"The United States military is always locked and loaded", he said.

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He said the U.S. intelligence community has "a pretty good idea" about what's going on in North Korea.

Pompeo declined to say how long it will be before North Korea could carry out such a nuclear attack on the United States mainland.

Last week, North Korea threatened to strike the United States and its Pacific territory of Guam.

Trump has responded to North Korea's threats with his own fiery rhetoric.

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

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".

The White House said in a statement that Trump and Xi "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior".

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