Jan 29, 2019 - World

Intelligence chiefs undercut Trump on Iran nuclear deal

Intelligence chiefs stand at hearing.

FBI Director Chris Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, DNI Dan Coats, and NSA Director Paul Nakasone. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. intelligence community said Tuesday that Iran is not currently working to develop its nuclear capabilities and remains compliant with the Iran nuclear deal, an assessment that stands in contrast with President Trump's assertion when withdrawing from the deal, which he called "defective at its core," last year.

The state of play: CIA Director Gina Haspel told the Senate Intelligence Committee that "the most recent information" from the CIA indicates that Iran is "considering taking steps to lessen [its] adherence" to the deal as it fails to realize promised economic and trade benefits following the U.S. withdrawal.

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