North Korea poses 'existential' threat, US intel chief warns

Posted May 14, 2017

"In addition to the HVE threat, a small number of foreign-based Sunni violent extremist groups will also pose a threat to the U.S. homeland and continue publishing multilingual propaganda that calls for attacks against United States and Western interests in the USA homeland and overseas", said the assessment.

Iran continues to make critical technological strides in its efforts to flawless an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons over great distances, efforts that violate worldwide prohibitions, according to the director of national intelligence, who informed Congress this week that the Islamic Republic "would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons". He says such activity has diminished since U.S.

Unlike during his confirmation hearing, Coats on Thursday did not use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" - a favorite of President Donald Trump.

LTG Vincent Stewart, the Defense Intelligence Agency's director, also testified before a Senate panel on Thursday that the situation is grim and that the USA must do "something very different" in Afghanistan or else the Taliban will make new advances on the battlefield.

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, warned that North Korean risks still remain and the threat is very real.

Coats said the situation will deteriorate, and the Taliban will make gains, especially in rural areas.

The Trump administration is considering sending 3,000 to 5,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to help train Afghan security forces.

Calling North Korea "an increasingly grave national security threat" to the US, Coats said Pyongyang had taken "initial steps" toward fielding a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, Xinhua news agency reported.

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North Korea's missile tests in 2016, including a space launch that put a satellite into orbit, have shortened its pathway toward a reliable intercontinental missile that could strike the USA, he said, and the North has expanded the size and sophistication of its ballistic missile forces.

According to Defense One, Coats spoke to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and talked about the growing number of threats facing the homeland and potentially shrinking the agencies that handle them. Coats said Afghan troops suffer from "combat casualties, desertions, poor logistical support and weak leadership".

"It's clear that we have assessed this as a very significant, potentially existential threat to the United States that has to be addressed".

"Kabul's political dysfunction and ineffectiveness will nearly certainly be the greatest vulnerability to stability in 2017", he wrote.

The U.S. intelligence community maintains that Iran-which has the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the Middle East-likely would use this technology to launch a nuclear weapon. But much of the attention turned to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, making his first public appearance in that role since Trump fired James Comey on Tuesday.

The director of national intelligence says Russian Federation and other countries, including China, North Korea and Iran, are using cyberspace to target USA and its allies, and will do so in future.

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