Spy Chief Contradicts Trump's Claims of Progress With North Korea

30 January, 2019, 09:28 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • DPRK: Seeking peace, bilateral ties with U.S.

North Korea is not likely to give up all of its nuclear weapons even if President Donald Trump's efforts to negotiate a deal with Pyongyang bear fruit, US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Tuesday.

North Korea is "unlikely to give up all of its nuclear weapons and production capabilities", the Islamic State "still commands thousands of fighters", Iran is abiding so far by the 2015 nuclear deal and Russian Federation is bent on "dividing Western political and security institutions".

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

Russian Federation and China pose the biggest espionage and cyber attack threats to the United States and are more aligned than they have been in decades, the leader of the USA intelligence community told U.S. senators on Tuesday.

Trump is expected to meet with North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un next month in another round of talks aimed at convincing him to give up his country's nuclear weapons.

President Donald Trump has previously declared that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, touted the defeat of ISIS, doubted the effects of climate change and railed against the Iran nuclear deal as "defective at its core". Moscow may also employ other methods, including the spread of misinformation, hack and leak policies, and manipulation of data "in a more targeted fashion to influence USA policy".

Elsewhere in the Middle East, the report stresses that the so-called Islamic State group (IS) is not yet defeated, despite the Trump administration's claims to the contrary.

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Coats also cited strains with allies under Trump's "America First" policies. The paper also said in an editorial last week that the principle "reflects the requirement of the times and developing reality most correctly".

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

"I believe they will begin coordinating topics for the summit in order to draft a joint declaration in the DPRK-U.S. working-level negotiations, along with their working-level preparations for the second DPRK-U.S. summit such as safety and protocols", the NIS chief was quoted as telling the parliamentary intelligence committee.

"The capabilities and threat that existed a year ago are still there", said Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the director of the Defence Intelligence Agency. 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.

"Russia's social media efforts will continue to focus on aggravating social and racial tensions, undermining trust in authorities, and criticizing perceived anti-Russia politicians", says the written threats assessment.

The report specifically warned about Russia's cyberattack capabilities.

In an interview with The Washington Times published Friday, Bolton said that it is when the US sees that denuclearization that the president can begin to take sanctions off.

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