Interviewed by the Washington Examiner last week, Pompeo threatened North Korea, saying if its authorities don't denuclearize, the Trump regime will "continue to keep on the sanctions that are the toughest in all of history..."
Addressing the American Legion's national convention days earlier, Pompeo demeaned North Korea, saying its "rogue behavior (sic) could not be ignored."
DPRK First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui responded, calling his remarks "thoughtless."
He "provoked us once again by making an irrational remark. (He) severely insult(ed) us...mak(ing) it more difficult (to pursue) working-level negotiations."
"Our expectations for dialogue with the US have been fading gradually, and it has been pushing us to the situation where we are compelled to review all the measures that we have taken until now."
"The US had better not try to test our patience any longer with remarks that irritate us if it does not want to make horrendous regrets."
Pompeo earlier suggested he has post-Trump presidential ambitions. The former congressman/CIA director ruled out a Senate run.
Those close to him say he's weighing the possibility as a stepping-stone to higher office.
Politico said "(f)ew GOP politicians have more ambition or the prospect of upward mobility than Pompeo."
Last March, Vanity Fair headlined in caps: " 'AMBITION BEYOND BEING SUCH A PATHETIC SECRETARY OF STATE:' AS THE WORLD BURNS AND TRUMP UNRAVELS, MIKE POMPEO IS ACTING A LOT LIKE A GUY RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT."
President Pompeo? The possibility should terrify everyone everywhere.