Clapper: North Korea expanding plutonium production
Top US intelligence official James Clapper reported Tuesday that North Korea is expanding uranium enrichment and has reopened its plutonium reactor. It is also committed to developing a long-range, nuclear-armed missile for threatening the US.
In a wide-ranging annual report to US Senate Armed Services Committee, Clapper warned the Islamic State has eclipsed Al Qaeda “as the world’s preeminent jihadist terrorist organization” and US-based extremists “will continue to pose a most significant threat to the American homeland in the coming year.”
On cyber warfare, the American spy chief said, “Russia and China continue to have the most sophisticated cyber programs, [and] China continues cyber espionage against the United States.”
But, he added, “Iran and North Korea continue to conduct cyber espionage as they enhance their attack capabilities” and ISIS has “used cyber to its great advantage, not only for recruitment and propaganda, but also to hack and release sensitive information about U.S. military personnel. As a non-state actor, ISIL displays unprecedented online proficiency.”