CIA director: 'No intelligence' to suggest US on cusp of nuclear war

CIA director: 'No intelligence' to suggest US on cusp of nuclear war
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CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoChelsea Manning: Being disinvited from Harvard is as honorable as receiving fellowship CIA pushing to expand authority to use drone strikes Chelsea Manning: Harvard caved to CIA pressure MORE in an interview Sunday said he has seen “no intelligence” suggesting that the United States is on the brink of a nuclear war with North Korea.

“I’ve seen no intelligence to indicate that we’re in that place today,” Pompeo told “Fox News Sunday."

“This administration has made our policy very clear. We’ve engaged the world to support that policy,” Pompeo told host Chris Wallace.

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In his first Sunday show interview since becoming the head of the CIA, the former Republican congressman from Kansas emphasized that the era of “strategic patience” with Kim Jong-Un is over.

“Each time they test another missile, or if they should conduct a nuclear weapons test, they develop expertise. They expand the envelope,” he said.

In a later interview with CBS's "Face the Nation," Pompeo said containment does not make sense for a North Korea policy.

“President Trump finds that unacceptable,” Pompeo said, referencing an op-ed by former national security adviser Susan Rice that said the United States could "tolerate" a nuclear North Korea.

Pompeo’s interviews come after a week of tough rhetoric from President Trump and other Cabinet officials about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Trump last week promised “fire, fury and, frankly, power” should Pyongyang threaten the U.S., while Secretary of Defense James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Mattis hints at US military options for North Korea Mattis: US to send 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan MORE urged North Korea to end “any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”

--This report was updated at 10:52 a.m.