The White House burns the intelligence community again with a threatening message to Iran


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The White House has again differed with the intelligence community’s findings by saying Iran is working on a nuclear weapon.
Trump has publicly berated his top intelligence officials for saying Iran isn’t building a nuclear weapon.
Monday is the 40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, which installed its current theocratic government, to which national security adviser John Bolton responded in a video address.
The White House ended its message to Iran with a veiled threat to Iran’s government.
Bolton has long advocated bombing Iran and was one of the architects of the US’s 2003 invasion of Iraq based on flawed intelligence that indicated the country was working to produce a nuclear weapon.

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, on Monday again broke with the US intelligence community’s consensus regarding Iran’s nuclear program, less than two weeks after Trump publicly berated the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, for saying Iran wasn’t looking to build a nuclear weapon.

“This week Iran marks the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, and what a 40 years it’s been, tyrannizing its own people and terrorizing the world,” Bolton said in an address posted on the White House’s Twitter account.

“Iran continues to seek nuclear weapons to intimidate peaceful people all around the globe and ballistic missiles to use as delivery systems,” Bolton added.

Bolton’s statement that Iran continues to seek a nuclear weapon contradicts the International Atomic Energy Agency, which monitors Tehran’s nuclear programs as part of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

It also directly clashes with Coats, whose recent Worldwide Threat Assessment said the US’s top spies and analysts “continue to assess that Iran is not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device.”

Coats’ report, and his testimony before Congress about his findings, drew a swift response from Trump, who has long accused Iran of continuing work on nuclear weapons.

“The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!” Trump tweeted, adding: “Be careful of Iran. Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!”

Read more: Trump lashes out at his intel chiefs after they contradict his views on global threats

After the scolding, Trump took a photo with Coats and other intelligence officials in the White House and blamed the media for distorting Coats’ testimony.

“I value our intelligence community,” Trump tweeted with the pictures. “Happily, we had a very good meeting, and we are all on the same page!”

But as of Monday, the White House continues to say Iran is actively pursuing a nuclear weapon, contradicting Coats’ report.

The White House’s self-fulfilling prophecy

Coats’ report says “Iranian officials have publicly threatened to reverse some of Iran’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) commitments—and resume nuclear activities that the JCPOA limits—if Iran does not gain the tangible trade and investment benefits it expected from the deal,” but stops short of saying Iran is currently looking to build the …read more

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