North Korea nuclear: United States intelligence report says regime to keep weapons


Iran is now not working to build a nuclear weapon, but the Islamic Republic could resume such activities if it does not reap benefits from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, US National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said on Tuesday.

North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons capabilities despite recent moves indicating it was open to such actions, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said on Tuesday.

North Korea remains "unlikely to give up" its weapon stockpiles and production abilities while it tries to negotiate "partial denuclearization steps to obtain key United States and global concessions", the report says.

China and Russian Federation possess cyber technologies they will increasingly unleash on USA companies, the military, election systems and critical infrastructure, and that poses a significant threat to national security, Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence panel in an annual hearing called the Worldwide Threat Assessment.

Trump is planning a second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February.

On the Iran nuclear deal, the CIA's Ms. Haspel said US intelligence agencies believe that Tehran has to date not violated the letter of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated with the Obama administration and five other global powers, although the regime has made preliminary moves should the deal collapse.

"We expect our adversaries and strategic competitors to refine their capabilities and add new tactics as they learn from each other's experiences, suggesting the threat landscape could look very different in 2020 and future elections", the intelligence director said in his written statement. He said: 'No more Rockets or M's being fired over Japan or anywhere else and, most importantly, no Nuclear Testing.

Coats also cited strains with allies under Trump's "America First" policies. Trump, who plans to withdraw United States troops from Syria, has said the armed group is defeated.

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But some analysts cautioned against politicizing a document meant to synthesize various agencies' analyses of some of the most hard problems facing the U.S.

The intelligence agencies said Iran continues to work with other parties to the nuclear deal it reached with the US and other Western nations.

The report also said the Islamic State group "remains a terrorist and insurgent threat" inside Iraq, where the government faces "an increasingly disenchanted public". Without mentioning prospects for a peace deal, which appear to have improved only in recent days, the report said, "neither the Afghan government nor the Taliban will be able to gain a strategic military advantage in the Afghan war in the coming year" if the USA maintains its current levels of support.

Officials also warned, as they did past year, about Russia's intention to interfere with the USA political system via "information warfare" waged largely on social media, which stokes social and political tensions to divide Americans.

Trump continues to equivocate on whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election on his behalf, contradicting the unanimous assessment of all the top intelligence officials now serving.

"The Chinese counter-intelligence threat is more deep, more diverse, more vexing, more challenging, more comprehensive and more concerning than any counterintelligence threat I can think of", FBI Director Christopher Wray said.

"The Russians are very opportunistic when it comes to North Korea, and this is not the first time they've pursued an energy stake in Korea", said Victor Cha, a former White House staff member who the Trump administration considered nominating a year ago to serve as United States ambassador to South Korea.