North Korea has new miniature nuclear weapons

North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead to mount on a ballistic missile, according to a new report.

The assessment from the Defense Intelligence Agency, reported Tuesday by The Washington Post, puts Pyongyang closer than ever before to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power capable of striking the United States with a nuclear weapon, something it has often threatened to do.

The development raises the stakes for President Trump, who has vowed that he will not allow North Korea to obtain a nuclear weapon that can strike the U.S.

Still, officials and experts have said that North Korea has yet to cross key technological hurdles with its nuclear program, including building a re-entry vehicle that can withstand traveling through the atmosphere and developing the guidance and control systems to accurately and reliably target its missiles.

The intelligence analysis reported on by the Post was dated July 28, the same day North Korea carried out its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.

“The [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” the assessment says, according to the Post, which was read the excerpt.

The Defense Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment to the Post.

The assessment tracks with Japan’s annual defense white paper, also released Tuesday, which said that it’s “possible” North Korea has miniaturized a nuclear warhead, as well as warnings from U.S. officials of the grave threat from Pyongyang.

The July 28 analysis also comes after another Defense Intelligence Agency assessment, first reported by the Post, that found North Korea could have a reliable nuclear-capable ICBM as early as next year, two years earlier than previously estimated.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has pursued an aggressive testing schedule; he carried out two nuclear tests in 2016 and has conducted more than a dozen missile tests this year.

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  • 2War Abn Vet

    This isn’t New! It has been known for years; it just didn’t go reported as long as Obama was appeasing the NorKs.

    • Gary Smith

      Obama was a wimp

  • BH

    Wow! Just found out the gov’t knew this 4 years ago but said nothing about it. Fake news makes it look like they just found out last week.

  • denoferth

    In all this talking head frenzy about mini-nukes fitted to ICBM’s has everyone forgotten North Korea has cruse missiles on submarines that don’t to be very small, fly long distances or survive re-entry to vaporize your cities? Cowards have been paying off this blackmailer for so long and being double-crossed every time it make one wonder it they ever learned you can’t pay off the bully in the school yard at their exclusive day-care center because he just keeps coming back for more. You have to punch him in the nose before he escalates to a knife or a gun or you have this problem. The attached cartoon is close enough, a bully is a bully.

    • larry harvey

      Denoferth–Does “punching him in the nose” mean starting a war which could kill hundreds of thousand of people?

      • denoferth

        No, it means this kicking the can down the road must stop at some point as extortionists always demand more and the stakes continue to go up each time. Sorry, my intent was not to confuse but to remind everyone the time to stomp the bully WOULD HAVE BEEN years ago when democrats first started paying blackmail concessions hoping the next party
        elected to office would be the one to reap the whirlwind. Now it appears the communists, Islamic fanatics and other tin-pot bullies of the world have grown so accustomed to Western countries paying protection money and giving them
        “concessions” that what passes for their “honor” or right to rule in their people’s eyes is at stake so there might be a need for blood. Maybe this time instead of some archaic gentleman’s agreement to spare the rulers and only kill millions of underlings we should break with protocol and just cut the head off the snake right off the bat. The “experts” whine that will cause turmoil in the enemy’s country but if enough pain is inflected they can probably figure something out. Do you have the spine for it or is “better red than dead” and “Allahu Akbar” better for you?

  • Ischgabibble

    Does that fat, ignorant little toad headed moron who runs North Korea realize that even though they may have small nuclear weapons, we have the ones that count? Drop one on his head and the rest of NOKO will dissolve. Why do not the people of NOKO raise themselves up and rid themselves of this little toady? I bet it is because they have no 2nd Amendment, huh? Sorry Charlie.

    • larry harvey

      No one strike would do the job. NOKO has the power of killing thousands of So. Koreans. War is not an option.

      • pappy450

        All one needs to do is wait until he has all his army goosestepping and weapons parading on full display (because he likes to see all his ‘hardware”). Drop one MOAB in the middle…problem solved. NO advance “warning” (like oscumbag) was so famous for.

  • larry harvey

    Trump cannot stop the No. Korean nuclear program short of war, which is unthinkable. To boast otherwise is stupid. Kim, the No. Korean dictator, knows this. Assuming Kim is not suicidal, his intent is not to launch a first strike against U.S. but to gain attention and political points by scaring the world. Sanctions will hurt but will not stop him. Trump’s fuming and threats merely play into Kim’s hands. The way Kim sees it, the more scared the world, the more likely concessions will ultimately be made favoring No Korea.

  • rick meek

    Must be near election time and congress knows that gun sales are going through the roof……NK has always been working on this and always will…….and they have outside help……

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