Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea boiled over last week when the communist nation threatened to launch a nuclear attack on the American territory of Guam. On Sunday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo went on Fox News to offer a warning about North Korea that is downright terrifying.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Pompeo said that North Korea’s nuclear development is proceeding at an “ever-alarming rate.” Though he would not give specifics, Pompeo said that North Korea’s progress has gone on for decades.
When host Chris Wallace asked how close North Korea is to being able to hit the U.S. mainland, Pompeo said that it was alarming but hard to define.
“It’s difficult to put a timeline to these things,” Pompeo said. “But each time they test another missile, or if they should conduct a nuclear weapons test, they develop expertise, they expand the envelope, and so it is probably fair to say they are moving toward that at an ever-alarming rate.”
The CIA director added that the problem has been ongoing through previous U.S. administrations, but he argued President Donald Trump was making strides to effect change.
“They’ve been growing closer for two decades plus … Previous administrations haven’t taken this on,” Pompeo said. “President Trump has made it clear that it is his intention to protect the American people.”
He cited the U.N. sanctions against North Korea as evidence of this.
“You saw this past week we made real progress,” Pompeo added. “My hat’s off to the president, Secretary Tillerson, Ambassador Haley. They have united the world with sanctions against North Korea: a 15-0 vote. We’ve seen the Chinese say for among the first times, they believe the answer has to be a denuclearized peninsula. That’s exactly the policy for the Trump administration.”
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