Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday he would not be surprised if North Korea tested another missile, given that it had two tests in July.
"Nothing is imminent. But be careful, the increased likelihood of a nuclear missile strikes the United States is a very risky threat", added the director of the u.s. central intelligence agency.
The director also dismissed talk from those in previous administrations who suggested the Trump White House was surprised by a news report that North Korea now has a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can be put on an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the U.S.
North Korea said on Thursday that plans would be completed by mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles to land near the U.S. Pacific island of Guam, 2,175 miles away. "But each time they test another missile, or if they should conduct a nuclear weapons test, they develop expertise, they expand the envelope, and so it is probably fair to say they are moving toward that at an ever-alarming rate".
"It doesn't surprise me that those who came before us were surprised; they did nothing", Pompeo said. In response, North Korea announced a detailed plan to fire ballistic missiles towards Guam, a US territory in the Pacific.
Pompeo said Sunday, "The president made clear to the North Korea regime how America will respond if certain actions are taken. We've engaged the world to support that policy", Pompeo told host Chris Wallace.
But he stressed that the U.S.is pursuing "a very determined diplomatic effort" led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that's coupled with new financial sanctions to dissuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from further provocations.
US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster echoed the tenor of Pompeo's remarks, saying the threat posed by North Korea is "coming to a head", but adding in an interview on ABC, "we're not closer to war than a week ago". The CIA chief described Kim as "rational" and responsive to "adverse circumstances".
Guam is a target because of its naval base and air force base, from which two B-1B supersonic bombers were deployed close to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday.
Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday that U.S.
President Donald Trump has offered fiery warnings for North Korea, saying that the US military was "locked and loaded". "The most effective way of preserving peace is to be prepared for war".