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US spy chiefs contradict Trump on what threatens U.S.

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"Of course the press is going to make a big deal about this", David Maxwell, a former U.S. Special Forces colonel and fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in comments circulated online. -Mexican border for which Trump has considered declaring a national emergency.

In addition to messing with elections, the USA intel boss said that he expects hostile nations to continue cyberattacks against the U.S., with each country choosing a different tactic based on its strengths and needs.

"We expect more unrest in the months ahead, although the protests are likely to remain uncoordinated and lacking central leadership or broad support from major ethnic and political groups", Coats told the US Senate Intelligence Committee.

The White House continues with plans to hold another summit between U.S President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.

South Korea's foreign minister told Reuters at Davos last week that North Korea must make concrete pledges toward curbing its nuclear weapons program, such as dismantling its main nuclear complex and allowing global inspections to confirm the process, when leader Kim meets Trump as soon as next month.

Coats said North Korea is unlikely to give up all of its nuclear weapons and has continued activity inconsistent with pledges to denuclearize.

And Kim continues to demonstrate openness to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Coats said in testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

President Donald Trump has previously declared that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, touted the defeat of ISIS, doubted the effects of climate change and railed against the Iran nuclear deal as "defective at its core".

Trump and Kim met in Singapore last June.

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Meanwhile England, West Indies and South Africa headline the other group, with Pakistan and a qualifier rounding out the five. India women are in Group A along with Australia , Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Qualifier 1.

The U.S. has demanded full information from North Korea about its nuclear and missile sites.

Coats' fear is shared by the Pentagon - which banned Huawei and ZTE phones from United States military bases previous year - and by other intelligence chiefs, who accused the firms of spying on behalf of the Chinese government.

The worldwide threats hearing is generally the one time during the year that all the heads of major USA intelligence agencies testify in public about the threats facing the nation.

Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Coats argued that China and Russian Federation are united in opposition to "perceived U.S. unilateralism and interventionism and Western promotion of democratic values and human rights", while a number of USA allies "are seeking greater independence".

"China and Russian Federation are more aligned than at any point since the mid-1950s, and the relationship is likely to strengthen in the coming year as some of their interests and threat perceptions converge, particularly regarding perceived USA unilateralism and interventionism and Western promotion of democratic values and human rights", the assessment says.

The Coats report highlighted the broad and increasing threat to the United States from China, a point of agreement across the board in the Trump administration.

Cha, who was past year considered as the nominee for U.S. ambassador to South Korea, added: 'Previous administrations have not welcomed these Russian overtures, but with Trump, you never know because he doesn't adhere to traditional thinking'. The report predicted additional USA -bound migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, with migrants preferring to travel in caravans in hopes of a safer journey.

Trump has repeatedly said in recent months that Islamic State had been defeated, justifying his abrupt announcement in December that he would pull U.S. troops out of Syria.

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