We won't invade North Korea: US envoy


"They said, 'Sir, our testimony was totally mischaracterized.' I said, 'What are you talking about?' And when you read their testimony and you read their statements, it was mischaracterized by the media". A false narrative is so bad for our Country.

Trump also insisted that these officials applied the "fake news" label to media reports that they had contradicted key presidential warnings about global threats.

The president's response to his chiefs testimony before the Senate a day earlier was an unprecedented Twitter dressing down of America's top intelligence officials, where he called them "extremely passive and naive, ' said they were flat out 'wrong" on Iran.

Within the letter Schumer said he believed CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray, who also testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday, should immediately meet with the President.

While the consensus among analysts is that the terrorist group has been significantly weakened from the height of its power, Coats said ISIS will look to use guerilla warfare to "very likely continue to pursue external attacks from Iraq and Syria against regional and Western adversaries, including the United States".

The two nations fought each other in the 1950-53 Korean War, leaving a legacy of American troops stationed in South Korea to deter North Korean aggression.

North Korea changed its constitution to affirm the country's nuclear status and in 2018 ordered the mass production of weapons, the report said.

Trump had suggested members of the intelligence community "should go back to school" for failing to grasp the volatility of Iran on Wednesday after the release of the annual "Worldwide Threat Assessment" Tuesday.

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"They're headed that way now to lay the foundations for what I hope will be a substantial additional step towards the path for not only denuclearization of the peninsula but a brighter future for the North Korean people", Pompeo said. His firing of corrupt former FBI director James Comey helped trigger the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, also a former FBI director.

"I didn't see the report from the intelligence..." he began telling the White House press corps before trailing off. "So for him to make the statement that he did yesterday, that's cause for concern", she said.

Biegun said the USA still does not know what those measures would be, but hopes to find out soon. A total of 25 House Democrats opposed the deal.

The North could offer to shut down its Yongbyon nuclear facility and Tongchang-ri missile base while handing over its intercontinental ballistic missiles, while the USA could offer to open a liaison office, expand humanitarian aid and ease sanctions.

Earlier, on Wednesday, the president had called U.S. intelligence chiefs "extremely passive and naive" and advised them to go back to school after they contradicted him on threats posed by Iran, North Korea and ISIS during congressional testimony. "And we bring our people back home, if that happens".

A successful effort would mark another coup for Trump where his predecessors had failed.

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the intelligence committee defended the officials.