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Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Coats argued that China and Russian Federation are united in opposition to "perceived U.S. unilateralism and interventionism and Western promotion of democratic values and human rights", while a number of USA allies "are seeking greater independence".

North Korea and Iran have such capabilities too, and all these adversaries "threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number of ways - to steal information, to influence our citizens, or to disrupt critical infrastructure", Coats said.

The assessment was delivered Tuesday in an appearance by Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, The New York Times is reporting.

USA adversaries will "use online influence operations to try to weaken democratic institutions, undermine alliances and partnerships, and shape policy outcomes", Coats said.

"More broadly, U.S. adversaries and strategic competitors nearly certainly will use online influence operations to try to weaken democratic institutions, undermine USA alliances and partnerships, and shape policy outcomes in the United States and elsewhere", Coats said in his remarks (PDF) to the bipartisan panel. Analysts said the North's leadership is trying to inspire people's loyalty to the country and maintain internal unity as the regime is in negotiations with the United States over its nuclear weapons. The terrorist group also operated in Syria where Trump has ordered a full withdrawal of American troops.

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Although their assessment asserted that high crime rates and weak job markets in Central America "will spur additional USA -bound migrants", it spent no time on the crisis on the border with Mexico for which Mr. Trump has considered declaring a national emergency. Successive reports from the United Nations nuclear watchdog have found that Iran has remained in compliance with the agreement, despite the US withdrawal.

The intelligence agencies said Iran continues to work with other parties to the nuclear deal it reached with the USA and other Western nations.

The officials painted a multifaceted picture of the threat posed by China, as they were questioned repeatedly by senators about the No 2 world economy's business practices as well as its growing global influence.

FBI Director Christopher Wray told the panel that the FBI is investigating Chinese economic espionage in almost all of its 56 field offices around the country.

"It is improving its cyber attack capabilities and altering information online, shaping Chinese views and potentially the views of U.S. citizens-an issue we discuss in greater detail in the Online Influence Operations and Election Interference section of this report".

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"Russia's social media efforts will continue to focus on aggravating social and racial tensions, undermining trust in authorities, and criticizing perceived anti-Russia politicians", says the written threats assessment.

Coats declined to respond when Democratic Senator Ron Wyden asked whether Trump's not releasing records of his discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin put U.S. intelligence agencies at a disadvantage.

Trump has repeatedly rejected their conclusion that Russian Federation deeply interfered in the 2016 election that brought him to power, helping him vanquish the election favorite Hillary Clinton.

"Of course the press is going to make a big deal about this", David Maxwell, a former U.S. Special Forces colonel and fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in comments circulated online.

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