N. Korea renews demand for sanctions relief before 2nd summit with US

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The President hadn't seen see Coats' full testimony in front of lawmakers on Tuesday, but he was furious Wednesday as he watched television chyrons blare that the officials had contradicted him. In a public report and testimony broadcast on C-SPAN, they warned of an increasingly diverse range of security dangers around the globe, from North Korean nuclear weapons to Chinese cyberespionage to Russian campaigns to undermine Western democracies.

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.

"Happily, we had a very good meeting, and we are all on the same page!" he wrote. Pompeo said Kim has told the White House he's prepared to denuclearize. In Trump, he said, the USA "has a leader who, more so than any previous president, is deeply and personally committed to once and for all bringing an end to 70 years of war and hostility on the Korean peninsula".

In December, North Korea state media released a statement, saying the country would not dismantle its nuclear weapons until the USA withdrew its forces from the region - its clearest definition yet of denuclearization, but something the US has said it will not do.

Trump then delivered a slap to the face of USIC: "Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!".

"Caliphate will soon be destroyed, unthinkable two years ago", Trump said on Twitter.

"When we say we will not lift sanctions until denuclearization is complete - that is correct - we didn't say we won't do anything until you do everything", he said.

By Thursday, Trump's tone had changed, at least publicly.

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Trump also defended his decision to withdraw 2,000 USA troops from Syria on grounds that Islamic State no longer poses a threat, saying "we've beaten them".

"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.

"When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond", Trump tweeted.

The top intelligence officials assessed that Iran continues to abide by a nuclear pact it struck with world powers that curbed its nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief. "It was a terrible one-sided deal". "I don't think it's any secret", he said about the summit, adding the timing will be "the end of February".

FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands after signing documents during a summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore, June 12, 2018. Analysts noted this statement is a radical comedown from Trump's original demands that North Korea end its nuclear program.

SEOUL-North Korea has replaced a key negotiator for USA relations with a veteran diplomat who was involved in the failed six-party talks on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program, sources said.

"You even look at what's going on, and I can't tell you this is a guarantee because we're going in to close to 19 years being in Afghanistan". In fact, we think that North Korea, we have evidence, satellite photos and all of that, that shows that they're actually increasing their nuclear ambitions.

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