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Former spy chief: Denuclearized North Korea not in the cards

Former spy chief: Denuclearized North Korea not in the cards

New U.N. sanctions condemning North Korea's rapidly developing nuclear program drew fresh ire and threats from the North. Trump, responding to a report that USA intelligence indicates Pyongyang can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles, vowed to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged.

Trump warned last week that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten his country.

"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.

He played down the gravity of Trump's tweet Friday that the USA military is "locked and loaded" to respond to North Korea's threats.

Asked if Americans should worry about rising tensions with North Korea, Mike Pompeo replied that "nothing is imminent".

North Korea, meanwhile, has threatened to launch a rocket at the waters near the USA territory of Guam some 21,000 miles away.

"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.

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'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.

"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said.

Senior US national security officials have said a military confrontation with North Korea is not imminent, but they cautioned that the possibility of war is greater than it was a decade ago. "This is something that has a risk of getting to a very, very bad place, so America needs to take this very seriously".

The top USA military officer, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, is traveling in Asia and expected to meet with leaders in South Korea, Japan and China.

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford left Washington on Thursday to visit Japan, China and South Korea. "He conducted two in July, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test", Pompeo said to Fox News on Sunday. China, North Korea's only major ally, has urged restraint.

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

"Ideally, I'd love a denuclearized North Korea, but as I learned when I went there and had some pretty intense dialogue with them, that is a nonstarter with them", Clapper, who served under former President Barack Obama, told host Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union".