Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again — Central Intelligence Agency chief

Claudine Rigal
Août 14, 2017

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he's aiming to further develop a working relationship with his counterpart in China in order to lessen the risk of miscalculation on the Korean Peninsula as tensions rise between the US and North Korea.

" Pyongyang in turn threatened to strike the U.S. territory of Guam in the Western Pacific with ballistic missiles".

North Korea has been flexing its military might in recent weeks and months with missile tests to the chagrin of the US. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican, told NBC News that Trump told him that "if thousands die, they're going to die over there".

White House officials have insisted the investigation is not created to apply additional pressure on China as it relates to North Korea despite the president's previous remarks that he would be more amenable on trade if China stopped Pyongyang's nuclear program. The general is also scheduled to visit China and Japan.

The war of words between Pyongyang and Washington has escalated since US President Donald Trump took office.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday said the United States is "taking all possible actions" to defend against nuclear threats from North Korea, but declined to say how far the rogue regime would have to go before provoking a response.

Kim Jong Un thinks "the nuclear weapons will prevent US from getting involved", Sun said. "Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump". North Korean officials in turn have accused the United States leader of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.

Savage, the author of the best-selling "Trump's War: His Battle for America", noted Kim's threats are more than just talk, "he's actually been firing missiles".

"The president's rhetoric could be aimed at China, but largely it is aimed at North Korea, trying to deter", Roehrig said. "What we need is someone bringing calm to the situation, not spiking it".

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that while there is no "imminent" threat from North Korea, he expects the regime to to continue working on its weapons development program. He added that China and North Korea understand that Trump "is actually prepared to use military force - credibility that prior administrations simply lacked".

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