CIA Director Mike Pompeo: Iran, Hezbollah Are in Venezuela

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.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Sunday that there is no “imminent” threat of North Korea attacking the us with a nuclear weapon, but he still expects the country to continue developing its missile program even as other countries call on it to stop. “What we need from an intelligence perspective, what is most important is that our communications are clear that the fella who intends to inflict pain on the United States of America understands the USA position in an unambiguous way. It is probably fair to say they are moving toward that at an ever-alarming rate”, he said when asked whether North Korea has nuclear weapons capable of hitting the U.S.

USA intelligence does not indicate an imminent nuclear war with North Korea, the chief of the Central Intelligence Agency said Sunday, after a week of bellicose rhetoric between the two sides.

Guam, some 7,000 km from the U.S. mainland, is a target because it is home to U.S. Naval and Air Force bases, from which two B-1B supersonic bombers were deployed close to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday.

Later, Trump stressed that the USA military is “locked and loaded” for a potential conflict.

He added, “Venezuela could very much become a risk for the United States of America”.

He is expected on Monday to launch a trade investigation into China.

Trump has also insisted that “nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump”.

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

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, frequently a critic of the president, said he supported his approach to North Korea so far.

Meanwhile, North Korea said on Saturday that almost 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers volunteered to join or rejoin its army to resist new U.N. sanctions and to fight against the United States in the current geopolitical tension between Pyongyang and Washington. “I think it’s absolutely the right rhetoric”.

The world has continued to watch the manoeuvring closely. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific.

A “spiral of violence” could quickly follow, he said.