The US Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo says he wouldn't be surprised if North Korea tested another missile, given that it had two tests in July.
"The Cubans are there; the Russians are there, the Iranians, Hezbollah are there", he said on "Fox News Sunday".
But he stressed the U.S. is pursuing "a very determined diplomatic effort" led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that is coupled with new financial sanctions to dissuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from further provocations.
North Korea, according to the director, has been moving at an "ever alarming rate" to develop nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.
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.
Pompeo also said that the problem has been ongoing through previous US administrations, but he argued President Donald Trump was making strides to effect change.
"There's no intelligence indicating we're on the cusp of a nuclear war", Pompeo said.
"The U.S. military is locked and loaded every day", McMaster said, repeating Trump's threat.
Pompeo said it's clear North Korea's nuclear capabilities are progressing rapidly, but he downplayed any immediate risk to the United States.
"What I believe the president is trying to accomplish this week was to give the Venezuelan people hope and opportunity to create a situation where democracy can be restored", Pompeo said. He also will discuss military options in the event the "diplomatic and economic pressurization campaign" fails.
The North then came out with a threat to lob four intermediate-range "Hwasong-12" missiles near Guam, a tiny US territory some 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from the North's capital, Pyongyang.
Clapper said on CNN that the rhetoric was having a destabilizing affect and could cause North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to decide to lash out.
"This administration has made our policy very clear".
"President Trump inherited a mess", Graham said. China, North Korea's only major ally, has urged restraint.
Arreaza accused Trump of "warmongering" and said Trump's comments represented "the United States' systematic aggression against Venezuela".