Coats' comments are coming in his prepared remarks. He wouldn't say how close Pyongyang is to being able to strike the US mainland.
Coats said Iran was also making use of its high-tech capabilities. Stewart noted that North Korea has expressed the goal of creating an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tipped with a miniaturized nuclear weapon, and each test comes with progress towards that explicit goal.
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 USA mainland".
At the end of April, the USS Carl Vinson nuclear aircraft carrier task group arrived in the waters off the Korean Peninsula for a separate joint naval exercise with South Korea. Coats declined to provide such details in an open hearing. Sen.
Coats's testimony paired with a Worldwide Threat Assessment report, released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Thursday.
The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, warned that North Korean risks still remain and the threat is very real. "And they have the capacity to do more as well", he said.
On Iran, whose nuclear ambitions preoccupied Washington under President Barack Obama, Coats said the US sees Tehran maintaining last year's agreement that contains its program in exchange for sanctions relief.
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The deal lengthens the time it would take Iran to develop enough material for a nuclear weapon "from a few months to about a year", he said. While the administration has said it will talk with Kim's regime if it shows a willingness to abandon its nuclear and ballistic-missile programs, the report signaled that any such move is unlikely. USA forces invaded after 9/11 to defeat al-Qaida and their Taliban hosts, and the Trump administration is now reviewing strategy and considering an augmentation of the current 8,500-strong US force.
Testifying beside Coats, the head of the military's Defense Intelligence Agency, Vincent Stewart, said the state of the 15-year conflict will deteriorate from a stalemate in favor of the belligerents if left unchecked. Coats said Afghan troops suffer from "combat casualties, desertions, poor logistical support and weak leadership".
If left unchecked, Stewart added, the "stalemate" will deteriorate in the Taliban's favor, risking "all the gains" from US -backed efforts there.
The director of national intelligence says Russian Federation and other countries, including China, North Korea and Iran, are using cyberspace to target USA and its allies, and will do so in future.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, May 11, 2017.
However, Coats refused to reveal the US intelligence community's estimation about when the DPRK would have an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of taking a nuclear warhead. -Chinese agreement addressing cybertheft.
Sunni extremists remain the primary terrorist threat to the US, with home-grown actors posing the biggest concern.