North Korea develops its nuclear programme "at an alarming rate"

US wants India to make North Korea understand the situation

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday", CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he would not be surprised if North Korea carried out another missile test to advance its missile and nuclear programs.

White House officials have insisted the investigation is not created to apply additional pressure on China as it relates to North Korea despite the president's previous remarks that he would be more amenable on trade if China stopped Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Top Trump administration officials sought to assure Americans on Sunday that the nation is not on the brink of nuclear war with North Korea, despite the president's recent threats.

The top USA intelligence official said on Sunday he would not be surprised if North Korea tested another missile, given that it had two tests in July, amid rising tensions between the two nations.

North Korea announced on Thursday plans to fire missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam, even though there was no indication an attack is imminent. "But we're taking all possible actions short of military action to resolve this very grave threat to the United States and the world", the lieutenant general said, citing diplomatic efforts, increased sanctions and increased pressure.

Friday: The US president warns that military solutions are "locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely".

At the end of July, North Korea test-fired an improved intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a Hwasong-14, that could strike the United States mainland, purportedly, as far east as Chicago.

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North Korea's latest missile test was its 13 (and tenth successful one) since US President Donald Trump assumed office in January.

Tuesday: "North Korea, best not make any more threats to the United States", Mr Trump tells reporters.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang called on both sides to avoid "alternately showing strength and continuously escalating the situation".

North Korea is thought to have developed a miniaturized warhead, and a more advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, that would enhance its ability to deliver a nuclear payload against the U.S.

Ri was long involved in the operation of Office 39 of the Workers' Party of Korea, which is said to have been established by the late leader Kim Jong Il in May 1974.

In response, Mr Trump said North Korea should expect "big, big trouble" if anything happened to Guam.

"The United States military is always locked and loaded, but the objective of capable, ready forces is to preserve peace and prevent war", he said.

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