Trump slams United States intelligence chiefs as 'passive and naive' on Iran

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US Intelligence Contradicts Trump on N. Korea, Iran, IS Threats

01 February, 2019

Sources said Trump's comments this week don't carry the same weight as those he made the day before he took the oath of office comparing the intelligence community to Nazi Germany, which were more demoralizing.

Trump has invested heavily in improving relations with North Korea in hopes of getting the reclusive communist nation to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

Bolton reiterated coordination with Beijing related to North Korea sanctions, saying that China has also said that it supports exerting pressure to achieve denuclearization. The two promised to work toward the complete denuclearization of the divided Korean Peninsula. North Korea is seeking an end to economic restrictions against it. Fighting continues but the people of Afghanistan want peace in this never-ending war.

Last June's summit, the first between a sitting US president and a DPRK leader, produced a commitment by Kim to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

President Donald Trump would not specifically say Thursday if he still has confidence in Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA director Gina Haspel but made it clear that he has disagreed with his senior intelligence officials on "certain things" and "time will prove me right, probably".

Trump also cautiously suggested the end of the 18-year USA military involvement in Afghanistan that was started in response to al-Qaida's September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the US that killed almost 3,000 people.

Leaders of the USA intelligence community told a Senate committee on January 29 that the Persian Gulf nation is "not now undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities", which Trump claimed is false.

Coates and other intelligence officials also claimed the Iran nuclear deal was working well in their testimonies on Tuesday.

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As for Iran, Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel told the hearing that the country is still abiding by the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal despite Trump's decision to withdraw previous year, claiming Tehran had broken it. He called the deal "defective at its core". And Iran is threatening to build up its nuclear activities if the country does not gain from the promised trade and investment. The terrorist group also operated in Syria where Trump has ordered a full withdrawal of American troops.

"He's telling the American people we have nothing to worry about, when in reality we have a lot to worry about", Senator King said. She added that they still command "thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria".

"In coming days, expected to get even colder".

Those threats also extend to the United States military and critical infrastructure. He said, "Moscow's relationship with Beijing is closer than it's been in many decades".

This spurred Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to highlight the gains the U.S. and its partners have made in the fight against the terrorist organization.

Trump has challenged US intelligence agencies' findings in the past, including casting doubt on their conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA election with a campaign of hacking and propaganda to help him win the presidency.

Suh is the first ranking South Korean official to acknowledge the possibility of a new joint declaration from the second Trump-Kim summit.

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