When asked about how close the North was to being able to deploy a nuclear weapon that could hit the U.S., he said: "They're closer".
He said President Trump was just trying to give the country's people hope when he floated the idea on Friday that the USA would take military action after condemning Venezuelan leader Nicholas Maduro for human rights abuses and calling for him to hold "free and fair elections".
"Every time they test a missile, or if they are a test nuclear missile, they are gaining in expertise, and we can say that they progress at an alarming rate", said Mr. Pompeo on Fox News, when asked about the possibility of a missile north Korean nuclear strike on american soil.
US intelligence does not indicate an imminent nuclear war with North Korea, the chief of the Central Intelligence Agency said Sunday, after a week of bellicose rhetoric between the two sides.
"Imports of fuel, food, fertilizers, other various raw materials and daily necessities will drop significantly soon, possibly within a few months", Ri said, highlighting the broad impact the sanctions will likely have on North Korea's overall economy.
North Korea's military has reacted angrily by stating its preparedness to "contain" the U.S. bases on the Pacific island of Guam with missile strikes.
Donald Trump in particular has promised "fire and anger" at North Korea. That prompted a new round of United Nations economic sanctions, which angered Mr Kim's regime.
Since July North Korea has been threatening United state mainlands by testing the intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
China on Friday called on the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), i.e.
Last week, North Korea threatened to strike the United States and its Pacific territory of Guam.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks in a press statement in response to the recent spat between the United States and North Korea over the situation on the peninsula.
He said he doesn't think the U.S.is closer to war than a week ago, but closer to war than a decade ago.
On Thursday Trump hardened his warning that North Korea's regime should be "very, very nervous" of the consequences if it ever thought of attacking USA soil, after nuclear-armed Pyongyang said it was readying plans to launch missiles towards the Pacific territory of Guam.
In an interview with German newspaper group RND, Gabriel said the manoeuvres "could lead to North Korea using the opportunity for renewed provocation, for example, by firing an intermediate-range missile at Guam".