On CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said there is no intelligence to suggest an attack from North Korea is forthcoming, and that the country's nuclear program isn't moving faster than previously thought.
Earlier this week, Trump said that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it made further threats against the US, and then on Thursday, he suggested that those words may not have been "tough enough" after the threats from North Korea continued. Beijing is reluctant to put so much pressure on the regime that it risks collapse.
North Korea has been flexing its military might in recent weeks and months with missile tests to the chagrin of the US.
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National security adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday said the U.S. 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.
Pompeo - who was appointed by Trump to head the Central Intelligence Agency shortly after the president's November election - said the administration "has done a fine job of not drawing red lines that we're not prepared to enforce". I mean, his rhetoric might make Kim Jong Un think that he needs to strike first.
Pyongyang recently said it was working on a plan to launch a medium-range ballistic missile near the United States territory of Guam, some 3,200 km from North Korea.
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Trump has also insisted that "nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump". USA officials then told NBC that Washington has a plan for a preemptive strike on North Korean missile sites with bombers stationed in Guam, should Trump order it. The U.S. hasn't taken any public steps to prepare for hostilities such as evacuating Americans from Seoul, which is within range of North Korean artillery, or moving ships, aircraft or troops into position for an imminent response.
McMaster also said while poised militarily, the United States is exploring other avenues to confront the threat from Kim's weapons program. "North Koreans are not suicidal".
"Now, North Korea is smaller than [we are]". 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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