Joseph Dunford is traveling in Asia and is expected to meet with leaders in China, South Korea and Japan. It's unclear to what degree the upcoming drills factored into his thinking, but they'll certainly be on minds in Pyongyang, along with words like "now fully in place". "The region and world need and expect China to do more", the authors write.
"I'm quite confident that he will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test", Pompeo said. CNN reports that the official does believe this movement suggests that they could be planning the launch of a single missile as soon as 24-48 hours.
Aside from the worrisome echoes of the Bush administration's pre-invasion rhetoric about the Iraqi government, the alarming thing about this statement is that Trump's National Security Advisor either doesn't understand how deterrence works or is flatly lying to the public about the nature of the threat in order to lay the groundwork for launching an illegal and disastrous attack.
His decision to hold fire - at least for the present - will defuse tensions in a stand-off that had threatened to boil over into a military conflict setting the world's biggest power against a rogue nuclear state.
"I'd love to see it, but I don't think that's in the cards", Clapper said on CNN's "State of the Union". In comparison with a previous Hankyoreh survey on May 12-13, which showed 62.6% of respondents favoring dialogue and cooperation and 33.7% favoring sanctions, the new results suggest a rapid change in mood.
Pompeo's remarks came on Sunday, capping a week in which US President Donald Trump vowed "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States with nuclear weapons, and Pyongyang countered by announcing plans to test-launch missiles toward Guam.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended President Trump's tough rhetoric toward North Korea and praised the administration for "uniting the world" in trying to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula while making clear there is no intelligence that shows a nuclear war is "imminent". But this year the drills are being preceded by a number of threats and developments unique to 2017, including North Korea testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the continental US.
However, other analysts have also pointed out that Kim has previously disappeared for lengthy periods due to an unknown "physical condition".
A top US military officer currently in South Korea maintained the United States wants to peacefully resolve the standoff.
"Well, it depends on the nature of the threat, right?" he said on ABC's "This Week". And a state-run newspaper in China has suggested that Beijing would remain neutral if North Korea strikes the United States first. North Korea often presents the cessation of hostilities against it as the terms for de-escalation.
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, speaking on "Face the Nation", called for a joint strategy of "containment and deterrence". The latest survey showed 60.8% of respondents saying the THAAD deployment decision "should be accepted", which is up 20.9 percentage points from the 39.9% who gave the same response in the May Hankyoreh survey. "That's the best message you can deliver to someone who is putting America at risk".