Michael G. Mullen

U.S. officials downplay idea that nuclear war with North Korea is imminent

U.S. officials downplay idea that nuclear war with North Korea is imminent

After a week of incendiary language from President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, administration officials on Sunday tried to tamp down fears that the two nations are on the brink of a nuclear war.

The officials projected calm, a message directed as much to North Korea as to Americans, in a concerted effort to be more cautious in the language they use about the nuclear-armed nation and not further escalate an already perilous situation.

"An attack from North Korea is not something that is imminent," said CIA Director Mike Pompeo on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Pompeo expanded on the potential...

58°