North Korea develops its nuclear programme "at an alarming rate"

Boris Johnson has condemned North Korea's testing of missiles

Boris Johnson has condemned North Korea's testing of missiles

"I'd love to see it, but I don't think that's in the cards", Clapper said on CNN's "State of the Union". North Korean officials in turn have accused the USA leader of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.

But the intelligence chief also said he saw no imminent threat of North Korea attacking the USA with such a nuclear weapon, although he expected the rogue nation's missile program would continue despite worldwide sanctions.

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

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The sanctions could further choke North Korea's struggling economy by slashing its $3 billion annual export revenue by a third. The US fears North Korea may one day use its missiles to deliver a nuclear payload to its west coast.

Pompeo touted a unanimous United Nations Security Council vote earlier this month to increase sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program and said the USA had seen China join the U.S. in demanding that Pyongyang denuclearize. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a US territory in the Pacific.

He added, "That's exactly the policy of the Trump administration".

Pressed on his "nothing imminent" statement, Pompeo said: "What I'm talking about is, I've heard folks talking about that we have been on the cusp of a nuclear war".

He added that he was confident North Korea would continue to develop its missile capabilities under its leader Kim Jong-Un, "so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another test".

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"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said.

H.R. McMaster, the White House national security advisor, said Trump, who alarmed many with his incendiary remarks about North Korea over the last week, had not drawn any "red line" regarding Kim's nuclear program.

He said he doesn't think the U.S.is closer to war than a week ago, but closer to war than a decade ago. "But we're taking all possible actions short of military action to resolve this very grave threat to the United States and the world", the lieutenant general said, citing diplomatic efforts, increased sanctions and increased pressure.

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.

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"The United States military is always locked and loaded", he said. "The most effective way of preserving peace is to be prepared for war".

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