North Korea 'unlikely to give up nuclear programme', says U.S. intelligence chief

Saul Bowman
February 5, 2019

Pelosi's comments came as Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said it was "past time" for US intelligence officials to stage an intervention with Trump.

However, he hammered in his concerns about Iran and stressed that their rocket testing is a risky sign. And they also said he's been totally wrong about Iran as well, which we all know that John Bolton before he, uh, you know, got his eyes on Venezuela, was hell bent on attacking Iran, but at least now you know, maybe we'll have a war a little bit closer to home.

For its part, North Korea has for more than a year held back on provocative missile or nuclear tests.

Trump also insisted that these officials applied the "fake news" label to media reports that they had contradicted key presidential warnings about global threats.

"They're headed that way now to lay the foundations for what I hope will be a substantial additional step towards the path for not only denuclearization of the peninsula but a brighter future for the North Korean people", Pompeo said. Analysts noted this statement is a radical comedown from Trump's original demands that North Korea end its nuclear program.

Trump pulled out of the deal a year ago, saying it was the worst in history and would allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats also said that US national security is threatened by climate change, while Trump thinks that global warming is not real.

Washington- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was dispatching a team to make preparations for the next summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, to be held somewhere in Asia late in February.

Trump also defended his decision to withdraw 2,000 USA troops from Syria on grounds that Islamic State no longer poses a threat, saying "we've beaten them".

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel told the lawmakers that the regime in Pyongyang was also "committed to developing a long-range nuclear-armed missile that would pose a direct threat to the United States".

"Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!" he said in a series of tweets.

"The President has a risky habit of undermining the intelligence community to fit his alternate reality", Senator Mark Warner, the Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, wrote on Twitter.

President Trump has also hinted that the date and venue for his second summit with Kim Jong-un will be announced in the coming days.

"It's important for the Republicans in Congress to recognise they have to weigh in with the president to say, 'You can't act without knowledge,"' Pelosi said.

Despite Mr Kim's determination for another meeting with President Trump, the two remain at odds over fundamental issues, said a report of the ABC News.

Ned Price, a former National Security Council official during President Barack Obama's administration, told INSIDER that a sitting U.S. president mocking and contradicting the intelligence community to the public is concerning.

"We are not involved in any diplomatic discussion, full stop, that would suggest this trade-off", Biegun said of a possible USA troop withdrawal from South Korea. "Progress being made-big difference!" But his list of concrete achievements has not grown in the months since that meeting, and his own intelligence chiefs believe there is little likelihood Kim will voluntarily give up his nuclear weapons or the missiles capable of carrying them.

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