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

They have already done two in July, has also advanced Mike Pompeo, in reference to the two test-firing of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) carried out by the regime in July.

Mr Pompeo said he was "quite confident" that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would "continue to try to develop" the country's weapons programme.

Trump said he's "not going to rule out" a military option and added it's "certainly something that we could pursue".

"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 said the USA has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but Pompeo declined to provide specifics.

"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo told Fox News Sunday that another North Korean missile test would not come as a surprise amid the rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

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

Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters travelling with him that he aimed to "sense what the temperature is in the region".

"We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war", Dunford said. "President Trump has made it clear that it is his intention to protect the American people".

President Donald Trump has offered fiery warnings for North Korea, saying that the US military was "locked and loaded".

Pompeo said the rhetoric from Trump was geared at sending a message to North Korea and letting the isolated nation know that the U.S. policy of "strategic patience" had come to an end.

Arreaza accused Trump of "warmongering" and said Trump's comments represented "the United States' systematic aggression against Venezuela". It also said that the two "reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

But he rejected talk of the USA being on the "cusp of nuclear war".

Despite expecting further missile testing, Mr Pompeo denied there is an imminent threat of nuclear war.

The North then came out with a threat to lob four intermediate-range "Hwasong-12" missiles near Guam, a tiny USA territory some 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from the North's capital, Pyongyang.

President Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday that U.S.


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