"It is euphemistic to say that it is 'extremely low, '" he continued, explaining that Pyongyang "views nuclear weapons as its lifeline to such an extent that it would not be wrong to say there is effectively no chance right now of North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons".
Backed by intelligence and diplomatic resources, these new authorities could force every economic entity on Earth to choose between doing business with North Korea and doing business with the United States.
Tensions in the area have previously soared amid North Korea's nuclear and missile tests and increasingly bellicose "exchange of pleasantries" between the North Korean leadership and US President Donald Trump.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017. "Our ultimate goal is to achieve a balance with the United States to ensure it does not dare to speak about any military actions against the DPRK", she stated.
On Monday, North Korea's deputy United Nations ambassador warned that a "nuclear war may break out any moment", which has forced South Korea and Japan to consider their security options, including the deployment of U.S. tactical weapons in both countries.
The meeting came a few weeks ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to South Korea and Japan. "The U.S. should expect that it would face an unimaginable strike at an unimaginable time".
Included in the plan is an air-ground task force that includes airborne and mechanized troops, that would be deployed to make a push into enemy territory and to neutralize nuclear and missile facilities, Seoul said.
"We believe that the USA, but not any other country, may mount a nuclear attack", Choe Hui, the Head of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's Department on North American Affairs said.
Pompeo spoke Thursday at a national security forum in Washington.