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U.S. Pat. intelligence chief says North Korea is unlikely to give up nuclear weapons




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                 Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said that Kim Jong Un's regime has "stopped some provocative behavior" related to its nuclear program and that the country has not conducted any nuclear Alex Wong / Getty Images </p>
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<p> The top US intelligence chief predicted on Tuesday that North Korea will not "give up" its nuclear capabilities, setting a tough road for President Donald Trump's negotiations with </p>
<p> "We currently assess that North Korea will seek to retain its [weapons of mass destruction] capabilities and is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities because its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival," National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said during a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee </p><div><script async src=

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Trump, who has long pledged that North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons, is expected to hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the end of February.

The president last week maintained that progress is continuing to be made between the U.S. and North Korea has fully denuclearized the Korean Peninsula, tweeting that "this is more than ever accomplished with North Korea" and that he expects "much progress" when the two leaders next meet

However, there have been several reports that indicates that Pyongyang is not fully committed to dismantling their missile sites. A report from a think tank, Beyond Parallel, released last week revealed another undeclared missile site.

Coats said that Kim's regime has "stopped some provocative behavior" related to its nuclear program and that the country has not conducted any nuclear tests in more than a year. He said that Kim also "continues to demonstrate openness" to denuclearizing the area.

Coats added, "While North Korea's efforts have been effective and largely maintained, North Korea seeks to ensure that North Korea's activity is inconsistent with full denuclearization. "

The national intelligence director also found himself at odds with President's stance on Iran's nuclear capabilities [19659004] During the hearing, Coats said that Iran is not taking any steps to make a nuclear weapon, but said officials have "publicly threatened to push the boundaries" of the Iran nuclear deal if it did not see any benefits from it.

Gina Haspel maintained "at the moment, technically they are in line with the deal."

Trump last year withdrew from the deal, claiming Iran would be able to ac quire a nuclear weapon if the deal remained. Despite the Trump's decision to leave the deal, many European allies still support the agreement.

"We do not believe Iran is currently undertaking the key activities we deem necessary to produce a nuclear device," Coats said, but added that they have sponsored terrorism in both Europe and the Middle East, including the Houthis in Yemen and the Shiite militants in Iraq


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