US Intelligence Chief warns of deteriorating security in Afghanistan

US Intelligence Chief warns of deteriorating security in Afghanistan

Coats, however, described the threat as potentially "existential".

But, Coats said also that there is a possibility that chemical weapons could be used again on the Syrian people by the Syrian government and on other countries, too.

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". President Donald Trump has promised to cut excess spending as he tries to clean up the budget and decrease the deficit.

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

Coats, a former senator from IN, was nominated as director of national intelligence IN January by the incoming president.

"The political and security situation in Afghanistan will also nearly certainly deteriorate through 2018, even with a modest increase in the military assistance by the U.S. and its partners", Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said at the hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"In 2017, Russian Federation is likely to be more assertive in global affairs, more unpredictable in its approach to the United States, and more authoritarian in its approach to domestic politics", Coats said in the statement.

Last month, a report - which included alleged satellite imagery and intelligence said to be provided by informants working covertly inside the Iranian military - indicated the Iranian regime is secretly, and illegally, developing weapons at its "off-limits" Parchin nuclear site.

"It views the deal as a means to remove sanctions while preserving some nuclear capabilities", Coats said.

On Afghanistan, Coats said the situation "will very likely continue to deteriorate, even if global support is sustained". Coats said Afghan troops suffer from "combat casualties, desertions, poor logistical support and weak leadership".

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

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

North Korea's nuclear programme poses as a "potentially existential threat" to Washington, US National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said. -Chinese agreement addressing cybertheft. The report said that Iran is continuing to develop ballistic missiles, which are "inherently capable of delivering [weapons of mass destruction]".

Coats testimony was part of a list that included the interim Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Andrew McCabe, who spoke in lieu of his fired former boss, James Comey.

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