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Iran Pursuing 'Capability to Build Missile-Deliverable Nuclear Weapons — US Intelligence Report

14 May 2017, 02:58 | Clarence Schmidt

DPRK poses "potentially existential threat": US intelligence chief

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Coats, who was testifying on global threats facing the U.S.

They included Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, CIA director Mike Pompeo and acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, who was newly installed after Trump fired the agency's chief James Comey this week.

The U.S. and South Korea Launch Operation Max Thunder Thu, April 20, 2017 The US and South Korea kicked off a big exercise just as North Korea threatens "thermonuclear war". Coats declined to provide such details in an open hearing.

"We assess at Moscow's strategic objectives in Ukraine, maintaining long-term influence over Kyiv and frustrating Ukraine's attempts to integrate into western institutions, will remain unchanged in 2017", Coats said.

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, warned that North Korean risks still remain and the threat is very real. "The Taliban are likely to continue to make gains, especially in rural areas", said the USA spy chief, adding that efforts to bolster local military have been less fruitful than hoped.

For the Trump Administration, facing a question whether to increase the U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, this can't be good news.

On North Korea, Coats called the threat posed from the nation's advancing weapons program "potentially existential threat".

Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts
The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) was founded by evangelical Christians and opened in 2010 . North Korea has arrested another US citizen for alleged anti-state crimes.

The report also notes that Iran's progress in its space program could expedite its path to an ICBM since space launch vehicles use similar technologies.

The amount of time it would take for Iran to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon is estimated to be from a few months to a year.

"US-based homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) will remain the most frequent and unpredictable Sunni violent extremist threat to the U.S. homeland", the threat assessment said in a section entitled "Terrorist Threat to the United States". The performance of Afghan national security forces will worsen because of weak military leadership, desertions and combat casualties, he predicted.

"Kabul's political dysfunction and ineffectiveness will nearly certainly be the greatest vulnerability to stability in 2017", he wrote in a 26-page statement summarizing the yearly joint report to Congress by the nation's intelligence agencies delivered ahead of his committee appearance.

'We judge that Tehran would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons, if it builds them'.

Coats said Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are using cyberspace to target US and its allies and will do so in the future.

Sunni extremists remain the primary terrorist threat to the US, with home-grown actors posing the biggest concern.



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