North Korea is “unlikely to give up” its nuclear stockpiles and Iran is not trying to develop nuclear weapons, a new intelligence assessment says, directly challenging the president’s assertions.
The assessment was delivered Tuesday in an appearance by Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, The New York Times is reporting.
He also disputed President Donald Trump’s claim that ISIS had been defeated and said it “still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria” and has a dozen networks around the world.
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.
However, Coats told the committee that North Korea is unlikely to “completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capability.”
But he said Iran is not pushing ahead with nuclear weapons development.
“We do not believe Iran is currently undertaking the key activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device,” Coats said.
Meanwhile, Coats also noted that Russia and China will look to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, Coats said, according to NBC News.
"We assess that foreign actors will view the 2020 U.S. elections as an opportunity to advance their interests," Coats said.
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