CIA Chief: Not Surprising If N. Korea Tests Another Missile

CIA chief: Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again

CIA Chief: Not Surprising If N. Korea Tests Another Missile

"I am quite confident that (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test", U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday".

Pompeo said he could not get into specifics but said that North Korea's progress has gone on for decades.

"We're not closer to war than a week ago but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago", McMaster said, adding that the Trump administration is prepared to deal militarily with North Korea if necessary.

"He conducted two in July, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test", Pompeo said to Fox News on Sunday.

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"The president has made it very clear to the North Korean regime how America will respond if certain actions are taken", Pompeo told Chris Wallace, "We are hopeful that the leader of that country will understand them in precisely the way they are intended, to permit him a place to get where we can get the nuclear weapons off the peninsula".

The tough talk capped a week in which long-standing tensions between the countries risked abruptly boiling over.

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As the USA and North Korea traded jabs, many observers began to fear that the two countries might find themselves in a war that Secretary of Defense James Mattis previously said would be "catastrophic" and "tragic on an unbelievable scale".

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