Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

US sees Iran working to preserve nuclear deal

US sees Iran working to preserve nuclear deal

In an overview, Coats told the panel: "We assess that Russian Federation is likely to be more aggressive in foreign global affairs, more unpredictable in its approach to the United States, and more authoritarian in its approach to domestic policies and politics".

He described a scenario where what happened to Sony could be "done in sequence over multiple firms - I mean, that's a foreign government attacking a North American firm to coerce its behavior". He says such activity has diminished since U.S.

"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.

The Senate intelligence committee hearing room was crowded because so many people wanted to hear what the witnesses, all of them intelligence officials, might say about Comey and/or Trump.

On Afghanistan, Coats said the situation "will very likely continue to deteriorate, even if global support is sustained".

Coats' comments are coming in his prepared remarks.

In response to his question, the heads of the Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency all simply said "yes".

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

Iraq will face "serious" challenges to its stability and political viability even if Islamic State is driven out of the city of Mosul.

Senators sought an assessment of when North Korea would be able to strike the USA with a nuclear weapon. "... But they're on that path and they're committed to doing that".

In findings that echoed previous assessments, Coats said North Korea's nuclear-weapons and ballistic-missile programs pose an "increasingly grave national security threat to the United States and its interests", while Iran is stepping up its role as a regional actor, backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and Houthi rebels in Yemen.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, also testifying, said that China has been exerting pressure on North Korea "in a way that they have not made before" and has significantly cut coal imports from the country.

"We asses that the regime will maintain its momentum on the battlefield, provided, as is likely, that it maintain support from Iran and Russian Federation", said Coats.

The deal lengthens the time it would take Iran to develop enough material for a nuclear weapon "from a few months to about a year", he said.

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