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Venezuela could become a risk to US: CIA director

14 August 2017
Venezuela could become a risk to US: CIA director

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday", CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he would not be surprised if North Korea carried out another missile test to advance its missile and nuclear programs.

"I will not be surprised that they will do another missile test".

Moving forward, he said President Trump's tough talk and global unity against North Korean leader Kim Jung-un is working. They said the United States and its allies no longer can afford to stand by as North Korea pushes ahead with the development of a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile.

North Korea, for its part, threatened to shoot four missiles towards the island of Guam, a strategic outpost of the u.s. forces in the Pacific, where are stationed about 6,000 american soldiers.

President Donald Trump has offered fiery warnings for North Korea, saying that the USA military was "locked and loaded". "And we can't know, we don't understand, exactly what the decision making mechanisms are, processes surrounding Kim Jong Un in North Korea or what would set him off".

But the intelligence chief also said he saw no imminent threat of North Korea attacking the USA with such a nuclear weapon, although he expected the rogue nation's missile program would continue despite global sanctions. When host Chris Wallace pressed him about how close North Korea is to being able to hit the US mainland, Pompeo said that it was alarming but hard to define.

He said President Trump was just trying to give the country's people hope when he floated the idea on Friday that the USA would take military action after condemning Venezuelan leader Nicholas Maduro for human rights abuses and calling for him to hold "free and fair elections".

"The United States military is locked and loaded every day, and especially those who are on the front lines of freedom", said McMaster, who's also an Army lieutenant general.

"This administration has made our policy very clear".

Tensions between North Korea and the United States have racheted up in recent weeks.

Vice President Pence began a tour through South American on Sunday, but was not expected to make a stop in Venezuela. China, North Korea's only major ally, has urged restraint.