Maybe threat on North Korea wasn't "tough enough" CIA chief "hopeful" for change in North Korea CIA director: Leaks "seem to be on the increase" 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.
In a separate interview on ABC News, Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, struck a similar tone.
Later, Trump stressed that the US military is "locked and loaded" for a potential conflict.
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.
Earlier this week, alarm bells sounded as North Korea warned that it was considering launching a salvo of four intermediate-range ballistic missiles towards Guam, home to thousands of civilians and troops, as well as numerous strategic military assets, as a show of force.
"We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war", Dunford said.
Pompeo also said that the problem has been ongoing through previous USA administrations, but he argued President Donald Trump was making strides to effect change.
China's president, Xi Jinping, made a plea for cool-headedness in a phone conversation with Trump on Saturday, urging both sides to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation.
Last week, North Korea threatened to strike the United States and its Pacific territory of Guam. Donald Trump in particular has promised "fire and anger" at North Korea. It also said that the two "reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
Pompeo declined to say how long it will be before North Korea could carry out such a nuclear attack on the United States mainland. "It is probably fair to say they are moving toward that at an ever-alarming rate", he said when asked whether North Korea has nuclear weapons capable of hitting the U.S.
The tough talk capped a week in which long-standing tensions between the countries risked abruptly boiling over.
The Washington Post reported this week that the US Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that North Korea has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could be put atop an ICBM.
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.