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.
Despite expecting further missile testing, Mr Pompeo denied there is an imminent threat of nuclear war. "I've seen no intelligence that would indicate that we're in that place today". "The increased chance that there will be a nuclear missile in Denver is a very serious threat".
"There's nothing imminent today", Mr. Pompeo said.
He said the USA intelligence community has "a pretty good idea" about what's going on in North Korea.
"I'm quite confident that he will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test", Pompeo said. "He conducted two in July, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test", Pompeo said to Fox News on Sunday.
The top USA military officer, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, is traveling in Asia and expected to meet with leaders in South Korea, Japan and China.
Gen Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters travelling with him that he aims to "sense what the temperature is in the region".
"We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war", he added.
The call came after Trump made fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the USA military "locked and loaded" and warning Kim that he "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against US territories or allies.
Earlier this week, the Trump administration also imposed new sanctions on Venezuela, targeting members of the new all-powerful constituent assembly.
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".
Arreaza accused Trump of "warmongering" and said Trump's comments represented "the United States' systematic aggression against Venezuela".
Pompeo said it's clear North Korea's nuclear capabilities are progressing rapidly, but he downplayed any immediate risk to the United States.
On Friday, Trump said a military option against Venezuela was on the table, and he described the situation there as a "dangerous mess".