DNI says Russia, China, Iran and North Korea ‘want to advance their intent at the expense of the US’

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A new annual threat assessment released by the intelligence director on Tuesday warns that Russia and China will continue to try to defend themselves at the expense of the US – with fewer powers, Iran and North Korea are also joining the fray.

DNI Avril Haines’ 27-page report warns that China’s major power ambitions, along with the coronavirus pandemic and even climate change, will converge to present the US with security challenges.

Beijing, Moscow, Tehran and Pyongyang have demonstrated the ability and intention to advance their interests at the expense of the United States and its allies, despite the pandemic, according to the new 2021 annual threat assessment.

The office of National Intelligence Director Avril Haines has released its annual 2021 threat assessment, which shows that Russia, China, North Korea and Iran intend to `` advance their interests at the expense of the United States and its allies. '.

The office of National Intelligence Director Avril Haines has released its annual 2021 threat assessment, which shows that Russia, China, North Korea and Iran intend to “ advance their interests at the expense of the United States and its allies. ‘.

The report came out one day when the White House said President Biden spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin amid Russian military build-up along the Ukrainian border, and Iran said it would enrich uranium by 60 percent after an attack on his factory in Natanz.

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to put pressure on governments and societies and fuel humanitarian and economic crises, political unrest and geopolitical competition as countries, such as China and Russia, seek their advantage through avenues such as ‘vaccine diplomacy’. report warned.

It mentioned climate threats in its opening paragraphs, amid reports that climate envoy John Kerry would travel to China.

“Ecological decline and a changing climate will continue to fuel outbreaks of disease, threaten food and water security and exacerbate political instability and humanitarian crises,” he said.

Russia will “remain a major cyber threat,” the DNI said, after intelligence that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind election hacking.

In this handout photo released by the Russian Ministry of Defense press service, Russian nuclear submarines Prince Vladimir, above, and Yekaterinburg, remain on the side of a Russian naval base in Gazhiyevo, on the Kola Peninsula, Russia, Russia. Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

In this handout photo released by the Russian Ministry of Defense press service, Russian nuclear submarines Prince Vladimir, above, and Yekaterinburg, remain on the side of a Russian naval base in Gazhiyevo, on the Kola Peninsula, Russia, Russia. Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

In this handout photo released by the Russian Ministry of Defense press service, Russian nuclear submarines Prince Vladimir, above, and Yekaterinburg, remain on the side of a Russian naval base in Gazhiyevo, on the Kola Peninsula, Russia, Russia. Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

The report cites China's ambitions in space

The report cites China's ambitions in space

The report cites China’s ambitions in space

epa09130165 Passengers wearing PPE and face masks walk to Terminal 2 at Roissy Airport, near Paris, April 11, 2021 (issued April 12, 2021).  The pandemic will continue to pose security concerns

epa09130165 Passengers wearing PPE and face masks walk to Terminal 2 at Roissy Airport, near Paris, April 11, 2021 (issued April 12, 2021).  The pandemic will continue to pose security concerns

epa09130165 Passengers wearing PPE and face masks walk to Terminal 2 at Roissy Airport, near Paris, April 11, 2021 (issued April 12, 2021). The pandemic will continue to pose security concerns

The report came when Russian troops were gathered at the Ukrainian border

The report came when Russian troops were gathered at the Ukrainian border

The report came when Russian troops were gathered at the Ukrainian border

The report also looks at Iran's nuclear ambitions.  Depicted is the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

The report also looks at Iran's nuclear ambitions.  Depicted is the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

The report also looks at Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Depicted is the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un 'could take some aggressive and potentially destabilizing actions'

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un 'could take some aggressive and potentially destabilizing actions'

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un ‘could take some aggressive and potentially destabilizing actions’

The report referred to China’s long-term intentions to “undermine” Washington.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will pursue its entire governmental efforts to spread China’s influence, undermine that of the United States, drive wedges between Washington and its allies and partners, and promote new international norms that promote authoritarian Chinese. favor system. ‘the document said.

After electoral interference, Russia will remain a “ biggest cyber threat ” in 2016 and 2020, the evaluation says.

Often times, those efforts are trying to separate the US from its allies, even as the US tries to put pressure on Moscow over issues like the detention of opposition leader Alexi Navalny.

Russia will continue this year to employ a variety of tactics designed to undermine American influence, develop new international norms and partnerships, divide Western countries and weaken Western alliances, and demonstrate Russia’s ability to shape global events. as a key player in a new multipolar international order, ”the report said.

China’s efforts extend to space, where “ Beijing is working to match or exceed US capabilities in space to reap the military, economic and prestige benefits Washington has gained through space leadership ” .

The DNI expects a Chinese space station in low Earth orbit “will be operational between 2022 and 2024.” It said China “ plans to establish a robotic research station on the moon and later an intermittently manned lunar base. ”

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un ‘may take a number of aggressive and potentially destabilizing actions to reshape the regional security environment and drive wedges between the United States and its allies – right up to the resumption of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM ), ” the report said.

Two of President Trump’s summits do not appear to have taken the DPRK off its conclusions on nuclear weapons.

“We believe that Kim sees nuclear weapons as the ultimate deterrent to foreign intervention and believes that over time he will gain international acceptance and respect as a nuclear power,” the report said.

“He probably doesn’t think the current pressure on his regime is enough to require a fundamental change in approach,” it says.

In Iran, which is back at the negotiating table over its nuclear deal, although without direct talks with Washington, crippling sanctions have an impact, but may involve more confrontation.

“We expect Iran to take risks in the coming year that could escalate tensions and threaten the interests of the US and allies,” the review said.