Gardner also outlined the importance of a USA presence in Asia, then asked Pompeo how he viewed the United States role in the region given the rise of Chinese economic and political influence.
Throughout, Pompeo downplayed his reputation as a hawk, saying that his time in uniform had given him a dread of war.
Pompeo said at the Aspen Institute last July that the administration's priority is to separate Kim from the nuclear weapons he controls. "I would prefer achieving the President's foreign policy goals with unrelenting diplomacy".
Paul noted that Americans who were not even born when the US first launched bombing raids in the country following the 9/11 terrorist attacks are deploying there now.
Speaking on April 12 during his Senate confirmation hearing, he also revealed that he had been interviewed by the US special counsel investigating interactions between Trump's associates and Russian officials.
"America had worshiped other Gods and called it multiculturalism. You should know I treated them with the exact same set of rights", he said.
During intense questioning from Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Pompeo confirmed the USA will remain in Afghanistan indefinitely until "we can greatly diminish the threat to our homeland from terrorism that may emanate there". His backing of the US taking an aggressive posture against Iran and North Korea has led opponents to label him a hawk - and contributed to concerns he might help push Trump to take more aggressive military action around the globe.
Referring to what will be the first direct engagement between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader, the Central Intelligence Agency chief said Trump is committed to "achieve denuclearisation and prevent America from being held at risk by a North Korean arsenal of nuclear weapons".
"Russia continues to act aggressively, enabled by years of soft policy toward that aggression".
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"That's now over", he said, praising the Trump administration's actions toward Russia, including sanctions and the expulsion of Russian diplomats and intelligence officers from the U.S.
He also for the first time confirmed that a USA airstrike killed more than 200 Russian mercenaries fighting on Assad's side in Syria back in February. He seemed to be referring to a February clash with USA -led forces, the details of which have been murky.
But Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, says that is simply the baseline expectation for the role. Pompeo parried Paul's questions by pointing out that Trump has changed his stance on Afghanistan in recent months.
Pompeo, who replaced axed Rex Tillerson, has previously sparked controversy over his view that Muslims and Christians are locked in an apocalyptic "holy war".
Pompeo's entrance to the committee room was met by anti-war protesters, who wielded signs and yelled "No Pompeo, no more war". Pompeo responded that he thought Trump's course of action there has been the right one - that the USA has the goal of leaving but can't do so until there is more stability in the country.
Since being nominated last month, Pompeo has spent much of his time at the State Department immersing himself in briefing books and undergoing mock hearings and prep meetings on key issues like Iran, Syria and North Korea, as well as the inner workings of the department, a person close to Pompeo said. But after our meeting earlier this week, and the hearing today, I remain very concerned that Director Pompeo will double down on the worst of President Trump's policies. "Will you stand up to President Trump and advise him differently when he's wrong?" "Or will you be a yes man?"
The Washington Post reported a year ago that in March 2017, Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats attended a briefing at the White House with Trump and officials from several government agencies.
Mr Pompeo acknowledged for the first time publicly he had been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, whose federal probe includes looking into whether there was collusion with Moscow by Trump campaign aides.
Booker began his questioning with comments Pompeo made when he was a congressman, after the 2013 Boston marathon bombing.