"It's that straightforward", he added, "What we need from an intelligence perspective, what is most important is that our communications are clear that the fella who intends to inflict pain on the United States of America understands the USA position in an unambiguous way".
"It is probably fair to say that they are moving towards that at an ever alarming rate".
Pompeo praised the efforts of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in getting China and Russian Federation to join in a unanimous U.N. vote recently to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, amid the country's pursuit of a nuclear weapon.
"This administration has made our policy very clear".
"Each time they test another missile, or if they should conduct a nuclear weapons test, they develop expertise. We've engaged the world to support that policy", Pompeo said, adding there will no longer be "strategic patience", the policy of former President Barack Obama, which centered on waiting for Pyongyang to return to denuclearization talks while increasing sanctions and pressure on the regime. "They expand the envelope", he said.
But he stressed that the U.S.is pursuing "a very determined diplomatic effort" led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that's coupled with new financial sanctions to dissuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from further provocations.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump's national security adviser, tried to provide assurances that a conflict is avoidable, while also supporting Trump's tough talk.
"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said.
Trump last week said North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if leader Kim Jung Un followed through on a threat to execute a missile strike on nearby Guam, a USA territory with an American military base.
Guam is a target because of its naval base and air force base, from which two B-1B supersonic bombers were deployed close to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday.
"Our response is we are prepared militarily to deal with this if necessary".
President Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday that U.S.
Pompeo also said that the problem has been ongoing through previous US administrations, but he argued President Donald Trump was making strides to effect change.
This weekend, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urged the United States and South Korea to make their planned joint military exercise "as unprovocative as possible".