President Donald Trump lashed out at his intelligence chiefs on Wednesday, calling them "naive" and "passive" after they told Congress that North Korea is unlikely to dismantle its nuclear arsenal and that the Iran nuclear deal is working.
Trump tweeted: "The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!" and "Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!"
On Wednesday, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, tweeted to Trump #ThatAwkwardMoment, "When @realDonaldTrump's own intelligence agencies contradict what he, the warmongers in his admin, and the Israelis say about Iran."
U.S. intelligence agencies told Congress on Tuesday that North Korea is unlikely to dismantle its nuclear arsenal, that the Islamic State group remains a threat and that the Iran nuclear deal is working. The chiefs made no mention of a crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border for which Trump has considered declaring a national emergency.
The U.S. intelligence agencies also said Iran continues to work with other parties to the nuclear deal it reached with the U.S. and other Western nations.
In doing so, they said, it has at least temporarily lessened the nuclear threat. In May 2018, Trump withdrew the U.S. from that accord, which he called a terrible deal that would not stop Iran from going nuclear.
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