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CIA Director Mike Pompeo

"But when you're now talking about months our capacity to understand that at a detailed level is in some sense irrelevant", he said. Officials have even suggested North Korea is loathe to talk with the U.S. until they have this capacity, to blunt the threat of a U.S. attack as a negotiating tactic.

Six intelligence leaders - including Pompeo and Trump's DNI Dan Coats - were asked by lawmakers on the Senate intelligence committee whether they agree that Russian intelligence agencies were responsible for hacking and the leaking of information to influence the U.S. election.

Both of the Trump administration officials stressed that while military force was a last resort, the president was prepared to use it if necessary to ensure Kim is not able to put America at risk with a nuclear weapon. "But we are running out of time". Pakistan denies such claims.

"No, Russia did not help me, that I can tell you, OK?" the President said.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to travel to Pakistan next week.

CIA director Mike Pompeo on Thursday said, apparently inaccurately, that U.S. intelligence agencies had concluded that Russian interference did not affect the outcome of the 2016 USA presidential election.

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The CIA issued a clarifying statement after Pompeo's remarks.

Schiff also said it was not "the job of the intelligence community" to say whether Russian meddling was "determinative in such a close election" and warned the CIA chief against making similar statements in the future.

Pompeo said during a security conference in Washington on Thursday that "the intelligence community's assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election", according to the Post.

In a later clarification, the head of the CIA's office of public affairs, Dean Boyd, said: "The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed, and the Director did not intend to suggest that it had".

In fact, USA intelligence agencies in January said that they had made no assessment one way or the other on the impact of Moscow's hacking and propaganda campaign but its report stated that Russia's aim was to try and help then-Republican candidate Donald Trump's election chances.

The allegations are now investigated by several United States parliamentary committees as well as a special counsel, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller.

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