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America's top intelligence official on Tuesday publicly broke with President Donald Trump on several critical foreign policy fronts, saying North Korea is not likely to give up its nuclear weapons, Iran is not yet seeking a nuclear weapon and the Islamic State terrorist group remains a forceful presence in Iraq and Syria.
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"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," Coats said during a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
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analysts and former U.S. officials have long cast doubt on Trump's optimistic assessments. A report from a think tank, Beyond Parallel, released last week revealed another undeclared North Korean missile site.
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Coats also offered views on Iran's nuclear capabilities that appeared at odds with the president.
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Unfortunately, those who can mind the store are getting fewer and fewer in this administration.
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Unfortunately, those who can mind the store are getting fewer and fewer in this administration.
Yep I actually thought Dan Coats was gone already. whew

And I forgot about CIA Director Gina Haspel, who the Democrats grilled so hard. I had a feeling she was a straight shooter. Glad I was right for once.
She said "... [Tehran], "at the moment, technically they're in compliance" with the deal. And the rest of the civilized world got Iran to (as far as we can tell now) stick to the plan even if we didn't.
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