CIA Director Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) says there's "nothing imminent today".
Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said Sunday that North Korea had developed "at an alarming pace" his ability to launch a nuclear attack against the United States, but was keen to get a sense of the imminence of a military confrontation with Pyongyang.
"I will not be surprised that they will do another missile test".
In an interview with Fox News Sunday he added: "They're moving towards that [goal] at an ever-alarming rate". "[There is] no intelligence that would indicate we are in that place today". "They expand the envelope".
In a phone call with Mr Trump on Saturday, China's Xi Jinping urged both sides to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation.
"If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous", he explained.
North Korea warned foreign diplomats to leave Pyongyang in 2013 when it suspended work at a joint inter-Korean industrial park and threatened missile strikes on U.S. Pacific bases, notably in Guam and Hawaii.
Pressed on his "nothing imminent" statement, Pompeo said: "What I'm talking about is, I've heard folks talking about that we have been on the cusp of a nuclear war".
'We're not closer to war than a week ago but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago, ' Lt Gen McMaster said, adding that the USA was prepared to deal with North Korea with force if necessary.
Pompeo also said that he believed North Korea would continue to develop its missile capabilities under its leader Kim Jong-un.
MILITARY confrontation with North Korea's is not imminent, senior U.S. national security officials said yesterday, but the possibility was greater than it was a decade ago.
"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said.
"Our response is we are prepared militarily to deal with this if necessary".
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale" and Washington was working internationally to find a diplomatic solution. "He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before".