President Donald Trump has tweeted to say US intelligence bosses should “go back to school”, after calling them “naive” and “wrong” in their assessment that Iran were not making nuclear weapons.
A US intelligence report said that Iran were not making nuclear weapons, but said that North Korea were “unlikely to give up” their weapon stockpiles and production abilities.
National intelligence director Dan Coats and other intelligence bosses presented the report to the Senate on Tuesday. Trump responded by angrily tweeting that they are “wrong”, and that Iran remains “a source of potential danger and conflict”.
“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 beyonf. 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. [Their] economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back. Be careful of Iran. Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!”
In the report submitted to the Senate, intelligence officials say that Iran’s “improved military capabilities almost certainly will threaten US interests in the coming year”. It also says that the country’s efforts to “consolidate its influence in Syria and arm Hizballah have prompted Israeli airstrikes as recently as January 2019”.
Trump has began a process of strengthening the relationship between the US and North Korea. He met Kim Jong-un last year, and is expected to meet again later in 2019. Trump claimed the initial meeting led him to believe the North Korea nuclear threat is no longer credible.