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

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

Daniel Coats, America's top spymaster, informed Congress this week in an intelligence briefing that Iran's ballistic missile work continues unimpeded and could be used by the Islamic Republic to launch a nuclear weapon, according to unclassified testimony.

"This aggressiveness was evident in Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 USA election and we assess that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized the 2016 USA election-focused data thefts and disclosures, based on the scope and sensitivity of the targets", Coats wrote in his statement.

"US-based homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) will remain the most frequent and unpredictable Sunni violent extremist threat to the USA homeland", the threat assessment said in a section entitled "Terrorist Threat to the United States".

The remarks from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats come as the Trump administration conducts a comprehensive review of its Iran policy.

Coats said that the security situation in Afghanistan will further deteriorate even if there is a modest increase in USA military support for the war-torn country.

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

Coats said Iran was also making use of its high-tech capabilities.

On North Korea, the statement says Kim Jong Un's regime is "poised to conduct its first" flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile this year, "which would serve as a milestone toward a more reliable threat to the US mainland".

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

More news: Trump administration praises deal expanding trade with China
More news: Microsoft Unveils Newest Windows 10 Update
More news: Michigan Supreme Court Justice nominated for federal position

And Pyongyang's statements that it needs nuclear weapons to survive suggest Kim "does not intend to negotiate them away at any price", Coats added at a Senate intelligence hearing on worldwide threats.

The report also offered assessments devoid of traditional diplomatic obfuscation or niceties.

Testifying beside Coats, the head of the military's Defense Intelligence Agency, Vincent Stewart, said the state of the 15-year conflict will deteriorate from a stalemate in favor of the belligerents if left unchecked. He said Afghan forces will remain dependent on foreign military help to keep from collapsing, and the Taliban will continue to make gains.

For the Trump Administration, facing a question whether to increase the U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, this can't be good news. The performance of Afghan national security forces will worsen due to 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.

The post North Korea poses "existential" threat, US intel chief warns appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

In the Philippines, the government's push to forge stronger partnerships with other countries have "increased uncertainty" about the future of U.S. -Philippines security ties.

Challenges of slow economic growth, security threats and "irregular migration" will confront European leaders, and Brexit will prove a distraction.

Related News:

  • Hertz tanks 15% after missing big on earnings

    Hertz tanks 15% after missing big on earnings

    The company reported the earnings of $-0.71/Share in the last quarter where the estimated EPS by analysts was $-0.57/share. Finally, Russell Investments Group Ltd. increased its stake in Hertz Global Holdings by 40.4% in the first quarter.

    Capitals stave off elimination by beating Penguins

    Up until that point, however, the game remained in question. "It was just, 'Keep pushing!" "You think I ever feel tight?" he said. Louis Blues put the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference final for the first time in their 18-year franchise history.

    "Blade Runner 2049" teaser features battered Ryan Gosling

    Original helmer Ridley Scott is an executive producer with Tim Gamble, Frank Giustra, Yale Badick, Val Hill and Bill Carraro. Ffrom the first trailer, to the images and posters we've seen with this, it seems like it's going to be a phenomenal watch.
  • Sensex, Nifty scale fresh highs; auto, metal stocks zoom

    Telecom operator Bharti Airtel was among the top losers on the Sensex on Thursday, ending down 1.8% at 366.10 rupees. Key indices in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan rose up to 1.16 percent.
    Blackburn suffer drop to League One despite final-day victory

    Blackburn suffer drop to League One despite final-day victory

    Lasse Vibe pulled one back for Brentford in the second half, before Craig Conway's penalty restored Blackburn's two-goal lead. This Nottingham Forest fan commiserates with Blackburn Rovers fans, who have suffered at the hands of their owners.

    Texas Gov. signs ban on 'sanctuary cities'

    Despite the legal setback, Trump officials are forging ahead with their effort to crack down on illegal immigration. Four others - Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana and Texas - are considering anti-sanctuary city legislation.
  • Manchester United FC focus on Europa League route to Champions League

    Manchester United FC focus on Europa League route to Champions League

    After the loss to Arsenal, it is nearly impossible for United to creep into the top four by the end of the campaign. Both teams are going to play tight football since the game is so close and United have a habit of parking the bus.
    Texas adoption bill OK's rejection of non-Christian parents

    Texas adoption bill OK's rejection of non-Christian parents

    The bill is meant to protect agencies who would deny adoptions that would be in conflict with its religious beliefs. A final vote will be needed Wednesday to send the measure to the state Senate, which is even more conservative.

    Cristiano Ronaldo begs Real Madrid fans to stop whistling him

    After Ron's Bernabeu brilliance, he said: "The team did a tremendous job, we were outstanding". It was his easiest goal of the night, he controlled Lucas Vazquez's cross, then fired home.
  • State police issue Amber Alert for child of missing Hampton woman

    State police issue Amber Alert for child of missing Hampton woman

    The Virginia State Police and Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse have issued an Amber Alert for a child abduction. Police in Virginia fear someone has kidnapped a mother and daughter who went missing almost two weeks ago.
    China's Exports Rise Less Than Forecast

    China's Exports Rise Less Than Forecast

    Cai said, adding that he sees less of a threat of higher US import tariffs on Chinese goods, a possibility Mr. Foreign trade is expected to face a better environment in 2017 compared with the past two years, it said.
    North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

    North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

    South Korea said Jon, who was arrested by North Korea before he could allegedly blow anything up, defected to the South in 2010. Embassy in Seoul and South Korea's National Intelligence Service were not immediately available for comment, Reuters reported .


Most liked

Bottas: Mercedes 'didn't expect' Ferrari resurgence
Red Bull hoped that their upgrade for this race would bring them closer to Mercedes and Ferrari and that, too, appears to be the case.

German economy gathers momentum in first quarter
This met economists' forecasts and meant Germany's economy comfortably outpaced the US , which expanded by 0.7% annualized in the first quarter.

Pentagon chief, Turkish PM meet after decision to arm Kurds
A senior US official said the USA will step up joint intelligence-sharing with the Turks to help them better target terrorists. But the coalition spokesman said the coalition will "carefully monitor what is given and what it's being used for".

More Chibok schoolgirls to regain freedom soon: Nigerian minister
A handful of other girls have either escaped or been rescued, but 113 still remained unaccounted for following Saturday's release. The personal assistant to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari , Bashir Ahmad, tweeted that "huge numbers" had been released.

Watch NHL Round 2 Game 7 Online, Team News
If the Ottawa Senators are going to get to the Stanley Cup finals, it will be through the front door of the defending champs. The next five overwhelmed Pittsburgh on its home ice to tie the series for the first time since the puck dropped in Game 1.

Miley Cyrus Wearing White in "Malibu" Music Video for Liam Hemsworth
I never would've believed you if three years ago you told me I'd be here writing this song. She has been included on the Time 100 list of most influential people in 2008 and 2014.

Indian judge in contempt case plays hide and seek with police
The 61-year-old judge was accused of contempt after he named 20 "corrupt judges" of the country earlier this year. The SC judges said this amounted to degrading the judiciary, and that Karnan should be punished for the offense.

Harden, Rockets rout Spurs 125-104 to tie series
From James Harden on down, the Rockets emphasized the importance of having a pedal-to-the-medal mentality from here on out. But, who knows? Maybe the Rockets can survive Nene's loss and continue to roll with one of the NBA's most fun offenses.

British PM May vows energy price cap if re-elected
The British energy market is dominated by Centrica , SSE and Scottish Power, Npower, E.ON and EDF Energy. Centrica has proposed alternative ways to improve the market, without resorting to price regulation.

Britain's Business secretary says energy market is inefficient
The Conservative leader vowed to place a cap on standard variable tariffs to remove the "injustice" of soaring energy costs.

Choke Maoists' funds, make them reel, Rajnath tells Naxal-affected state heads
Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were represented by ministers and West Bengal and Telangana by their chief secretary and DGP. Topping the agenda is the issue of re-calibrating strategy to make it more effective and to minimise casualties.

Hamas elects new leader on Saturday
In the clip Netanyahu called the policy paper a "hateful document", and claimed that Hamas was lying to the world. After chasing out Abbas' forces in 2007, it fought three cross-border wars with Israel, starting in 2008.

Trump administration hollows out EPA science integrity board
Conservatives have complained about EPA's approach to science, including the input it receives from outside scientific bodies, for years.

Government needs a good shutdown, tweets frustrated Trump
But President Donald Trump is suggesting he'd actually welcome a shutdown the next time around. A similar divide is expected when the Senate votes on the bill, perhaps as early as Thursday.

Chibok schoolgirls released in exchange for detained Boko Haram suspects
Its insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people and driven 2.6 million from their homes, with millions facing starvation. The ICRC said it had acted as a neutral intermediary to transport the girls into Nigerian custody.





Most Commented