Trump dismisses intelligence report Iran has curbed nuclear weapons
Trump dismisses intelligence report Iran has curbed nuclear weapons – ‘go back to school!’
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has gone on a scathing rant and told the US National Intelligence service to “go back to school” after he dismissed their report which found Iran had curbed their nuclear weapons activity.
Trump said the security service has been “extremely passive and naive” with their conclusions and said Tehran remained a “source of potential danger and conflict”. Leaders of the US intelligence community told a Senate committee on January 29 that the Persian Gulf nation is “not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities”, which Trump claimed is false.
US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said: “We continue to assess that Iran is not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device.”
Mr Coats added: “Iran’s continued implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions has extended the amount of time Iran would need to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon from a few months to about one year.”
However, the Commander-in-Chief, who has clashed with the intelligence service previously over allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential race, said Iran is “coming very close to the edge”.
An angry Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: “The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong! When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond.
“Since ending the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but a source of potential danger and conflict.
“They are testing Rockets (last week) and more, and are coming very close to the edge. There economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back. Be careful of Iran. Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!”
The Annual Worldwide Threat Assessment from the Directorate of National Intelligence (DNI) also analysed the threat faced from North Korea and its findings were again disputed by Trump.
The report found Kim Jong-un is “unlikely to give up all of its nuclear weapons” despite giving reassurances to the US President during the pairs historical meeting in June 2018 that the country would work toward complete denuclearisation.
The report acknowledges North Korea has been committed to the project but stopped short of confirming enough progress had been made citing inconsistencies.
It found Pyongyang leaders continue to “view nuclear arms as critical to regime survival”.
Trump, who has invested heavily in improving relations with North Korea, reiterated their “relationship is best it has ever been” despite the report finding the agreed denuclearisation was yet to be achieved.
The US leader said: ”North Korea relationship is best it has ever been with US. No testing, getting remains, hostages returned. Decent chance of denuclearisation.”