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 PompeoTillerson: State Dept. 'not missing a beat' despite vacancies Trump considering spy network to combat 'deep state' enemies: Intercept Five things senators should ask Tom Cotton if he’s nominated to lead the CIA 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: Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital | Mattis, Tillerson reportedly opposed move | Pentagon admits 2,000 US troops are in Syria | Trump calls on Saudis to 'immediately' lift Yemen blockade Trump has yet to name ambassadors to key nations in Mideast Mattis, Tillerson warned Trump of security concerns in Israel embassy move 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.