Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo has offered assurances there is "nothing imminent" in the USA standoff with nuclear-armed North Korea, but said he will not be surprised if Pyongyang conducts another missile test.
President Donald Trump has offered fiery warnings for North Korea, saying that the USA military was "locked and loaded".
US 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. "[There is] no intelligence that would indicate we are in that place today". The CIA chief described Kim as "rational" and responsive to "adverse circumstances".
Meanwhile, top United States military officer General Joseph Dunford is in Asia and is expected to meet with leaders in South Korea, Japan and China.
He also will discuss military options in the event the "diplomatic and economic pressurisation campaign" fails.
"We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war", Dunford said.
"This administration has made our policy very clear".
North Korea is thought to have developed a miniaturized warhead, and a more advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, that would enhance its ability to deliver a nuclear payload against the U.S.
White House officials have insisted the investigation is not created to apply additional pressure on China as it relates to North Korea despite the president's previous remarks that he would be more amenable on trade if China stopped Pyongyang's nuclear program.
Clapper said on CNN that the rhetoric was having a destabilizing affect and could cause North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to decide to lash out.
These comments come following a week of verbal escalation between the United States and North Korea.
The North then came out with a threat to lob four intermediate-range "Hwasong-12" missiles near Guam, a tiny US territory some 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from the North's capital, Pyongyang.
H.R. McMaster, the White House national security advisor, said Trump, who alarmed many with his incendiary remarks about North Korea over the last week, had not drawn any "red line" regarding Kim's nuclear program.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., welcomed Trump's pugnacious approach, arguing that numerous president's critics failed to stop North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon that could hit the United States.
Vice President Pence began a tour through South American on Sunday, but was not expected to make a stop in Venezuela.
"The Cubans are there; the Russians are there, the Iranians, Hezbollah are there", he said on "Fox News Sunday".