M16 Chief Says China, Russia, Iran are Top Threats

MI6 Chief Richard Moore said that China, Russia, and Iran pose three of the biggest threats to the UK’s security.

In his first public speech since becoming head of the Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6, in October 2020, Moore said China is the intelligence agency’s “single greatest priority” as the Beijing leadership increasingly backs “bold and decisive action” to further its interests.

“Beijing’s growing military strength and the (Chinese Communist) Party’s desire to resolve the Taiwan issue, by force if necessary, also pose a serious challenge to global stability and peace,” said Moore on China

Moore also said the UK also continues to face an acute threat from Russia as seen in the alleged state-linked assassination, of former spy Sergei Skripal in England in 2018, cyberattacks, and electoral interference. 

Moore added that Iran also poses a major threat, and uses the political and militant group Hezbollah to fuel political turmoil in neighboring countries.

Moore said that aside from state threats, terror groups such as Al-Qaeda also pose a huge security risk.

“I won’t soft soap it: The threat we face will likely grow now we have left Afghanistan,” Moore said.

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