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Report: U.S. believes North Korea can fit nuclear warhead inside a missile

This file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM, in North Korea's northwest, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo.

This file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM, in North Korea's northwest, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo.

August 8, 2017

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post is reporting that U.S. intelligence officials assess that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

That would mean North Korea has passed a crucial threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power.

The Post story, citing unnamed U.S. intelligence officials, said the confidential analysis was completed last month by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.

Officials at the agency would not comment Tuesday. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence could not immediately be reached for comment.

Separately, Japan's defense ministry assessed in a report Tuesday that it is possible that North Korea has achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons and has developed nuclear warheads.

Comments

Bob Smith 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks to all the previous administrations for kicking this can down the road for years and years.

Bob Summers 3 months, 2 weeks ago

pfsst....Kim could slip a nuke in a Turtle Ship and float it in to Puget sound docking at a pier near the fish market calling it a gesture of peace.

The congenital Liberals that own Seattle would love it.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Leave to "Bob" to make something "liberal" about this. his favorite (and ONLY) contribution to these forums.

Bob Summers 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Your denial of science is a classic symptom of people under the influence of the genetic condition.

Godspeed

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Kim Ding Dong knows.......he knows.......that ANY sort of move in the direction of the United States (or any other free world nation) will result in his immediate and complete destruction. We have aircraft carriers with nuclear weapons a few miles off shore of his "country". It would immediately become a burned out cinder. And we would not have to use nuclear weapons to do it. We have the conventional firepower and military experience adequate to make Kim Ding Dong (and his "government") a grease spot. In the blink of an eye.

Steve Jacob 3 months, 1 week ago

I always point out Hussein, no chemical weapons, hung, Gaddafi, gave up chemical weapons, dragged by car to death, al-Assad, has chemical weapons, still in power. Nuclear weapons are more defensive then anything, I feel bad for Japan, they don't trust N. Korea or Trump, and they are the poor souls who would get hit by any bombs.

Michael Kort 3 months, 1 week ago

Who was George W. Bush ? and how many years was he president ? Bush was a member of what party ? and what did he do to stop North Korea ? The Axis Of What ?

One thing about China and Russia........they both share a common border with North Korea and they are a much closer target for Kim than the US .

Any kind of fallout from the potential US bombing of North Korea with nukes could fall into both China and Russia .

Historically both China and North Korea have a grudge with Japan over WW2 and what Japan did in both countries in WW2.....and we also base a fleet in Japan that neither Kim nor the Chinese are fond of .........would Kim try and play that ? Hummmm ?

Kim is to the point where he could be a real problem to everyone, which explains why both China and Russia fully supported the recent sanctions from the UN and why China is leaning on him lately ......and both have amassed troops on the North Korean border supposedly to contain potential war refugees if war should break out .

I could imagine a day when the US, China and Russia move as a group to depose Kim and replace him with someone a bit sainer who doesn't want to play the nuclear games with the rest of the world ......because left alone Kim could ruin everyone's backyard..........but who knows what will happen ?

The reality of a potential nuclear exchange is redirecting both China and Russia when it comes to their decreasing support and change of attitude on the North Korean dictator .

Marc Wilborn 3 months, 1 week ago

"One thing about China and Russia........they both share a common border with North Korea and they are a much closer target for Kim than the US ."

Some of the things that get said on these comment sections are so far out of whack, it's incredible. NK attack China? That's like the US attacking Canada.

"I could imagine a day when the US, China and Russia move as a group to depose Kim and replace him with someone a bit sainer who doesn't want to play the nuclear games with the rest of the world "

You don't play Risk much? China and Russia like NK badgering us. Keeps our field of vision too narrow abroad. The Democrats need to lighten up on Putin too if they want him to play ball. The election stuff has been going on long before Trump got here.

Anybody know the fake name Lynch used to communicate regarding the Clinton tarmac debacle or the Pakistani staffing agency number who sent over the family of IT specialists who mostly didn't show up to work? Bigger things are at play now so step aside.

Brandon Devlin 3 months, 1 week ago

Actually, NK has a much better relationship with Russia than with China. The Kim regime has become an embarrassment for the Chinese, as they have had to continue to prop them up with food and power. China has always had a very good gauge of the rhetoric level coming out of Pyongyang, and when it gets to much, they flip the switch and cut the energy going to them.

The only thing that keeps China supporting the deposing of "Lil' Kim" has been their fear of the flood of refugees that would come across their border.

Bob Summers 3 months, 1 week ago

NK will do diddly with their weapons.

Kim is a sissy. He just wants some attention.

https://youtu.be/nfs8NYg7yQM

Greg Cooper 3 months, 1 week ago

Seems as if that describes you perfectly.

Bob Summers 3 months, 1 week ago

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Bob 24:6....with the help of Matt

Jeremy Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

This is actually Bill Clinton's fault. He made a deal with N. Korea similar to the Iran Nuclear deal and voila. Once this situation is resolved then we will have to deal with Iran

Steve Jacob 3 months, 1 week ago

Iran is the least of out problems in the Middle East.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 months, 1 week ago

We can knock out North Korea without using nukes. We have enough naval firepower in the area. (much of it based in Pearl, Sasebo and Yokosuka.)

If we hit him first and knock out his conventional weapons pointed south we could save a lot of South Koreans.

I do not like Chump's sabre rattling. It serves no purpose. Just another thing that certifies that he is incompetent to be in charge of the U.S. Military. But for everyone who bought the line that he would "make America Great........(again??) would bring back our jobs from overseas and build a "great big beautiful wall that Mexico would pay for".....(some fools actually believed this)............well......we are seeing what we bought.

Marc Wilborn 3 months, 1 week ago

And say good bye to 1 - 5 million Koreans? Nice gesture.

Brandon Devlin 3 months, 1 week ago

Exactly. More nonsense out of Fred.

Yes, we can take care of North Korea conventionally. Hell, the ROK military can do that on their own. The humanitarian catastrophe that would cause for everyone on the peninsula, including roughly 25000 US troops and 100,000 US civilians, and China to the north, would be apocalyptic at best (or worse, however you want to say.) Lets not even talk about what the ROK army does when they move north after the South is attacked. I don't know what school of strategic thinking Fred attended, but taking out all of his conventional firepower before he unleashes it on the population center of South Korea is impossible.

Say goodbye to Seoul. Let me tell you, from personal experience, there is something very eerie about walking around a city of almost 10,000,000 people, knowing you are within range of a mad hatter's arsenal of conventional, biologic and chemical munitions. Whether or not he has the ability to put a nuke up in the air (or whether it would actually work on the ground) is meaningless, knowing he can turn Seoul into a slimy fireball without it. A nuke would probably be humane at that point.

While we don't need anything nuclear to end the DPRK, he also doesn't need anything nuclear to cause an absolute nightmare.

Steve Jacob 3 months, 1 week ago

Trump can say all he wants, but there are no good options. He talked tough on Syria, dropped a few bombs that did nothing and forgot about it.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 months, 1 week ago

Now........in response to Chump's diarrhea of the mouth.......we now have North Korea making specific threats against our military base at Guam................How do you like this incompetent, illegitimate unelected non-president now??

Justin Hoffman 3 months, 1 week ago

This is why liberals should NOT be put in leadership roles for our country. They are better suited for more sensitive roles such as the local lemonade stand (even then you want to be standing over their shoulder).

Michael Kort 3 months, 1 week ago

Now why did Hitler turn and attack Russia ? a country that he had a non aggression pact with, that was a source of trade ? In the middle of WW2,...... after failing to win the basic battle to conquer England !

Was Hitler bored ? or nuts ? out to prove something ?

DId it not occur to Hitler that he lost the battle to land troops in England ? and that to invade Russia would be monumentally nuts ?,... to have to fight a war on two major fronts ?

Dictator types will always be dictators.....they turn on their friends,....kind of like Trump and those dedicated souls who helped to elect him that he is now turning on......do you think that they saw that coming ?

They will always turn on their friends ! and in this case Kim's Chinese and Russian friends are already cramping Kims style big time with support for sanctions because they correctly fear him for what he is worth and could become .

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 months, 1 week ago

I have repeatedly urged readers to "read the books" specifically "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" and "The Nightmare Years". They were written by William Shirer who was there and saw it all first hand. It gives you good insight to the Nazis and their methods. No one can really explore the mind of Adolf Hitler, but we can seen the horrible results of his actions. And reflect on what we see today happening in this country.

"Those who do not remember the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them"

Bob Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

So you are saying that "president" Barry Soetoro was as much a punter as Paul von Hindenburg? That's darned harsh.

Bob Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

Hitler's brand of socialism was incompatible with Stalin's. They had always planned to double-cross each other. Hitler moved first.

Michael Kort 3 months, 1 week ago

The Russians depend on us in Afghanistan and the Middle East to fight terrorism and rogue operators and they live right next door to the mess that is the Middle East and the various STANS .

That is why Putin was messing with our elections .

He needs us to stay put as the Russians were kicked out of Afghanistan which was their version of Vietnam and we are needed against ISIS .

That we were allied with Russia and parts of China during WW2 is a historic fact .

It doesn't mean that we agree with their politics or they with ours .

It was a mairage of necessity that had a poor ending primarily because Stalin was Stalin....I.e., the next dictator type with something to prove !

Bob Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

"....That we were allied with Russia and parts of China during WW2 is a historic fact..." The multi-decade Cold War sort of put a stop to us being buddies with the Soviet Union and Red China.

Richard Heckler 3 months, 1 week ago

I would imagine there is a general to two between Trump and the so called red button.

Politicians like war ...... military brass not so much.

I doubt that the USA government occupation of the oil region is producing a warm and fuzzy feeling throughout the world.

Michael Kort 3 months, 1 week ago

A place to get an understanding of N Korea would be Wikipedia.....for what it is worth .

It claims that they have a large Military with reserves, a large Airforce, etc .....and who knows how accurate that is ? Or if they can mobilize or feed them when at war ?

What I have asked myself often is why Kim often announces his missile launches so far in advance and so publicly ?

Is there anyone else ( China ) listening in on how our intelligence gathering satellites work who could benefit from a chance provided by Kim to observe our responses to his missile launches or to see if and how we take out a missile launched by N. Korea ?

But maybe Kim is just nuts for attention ?

Unreported by our media is the fact that China has been doing large naval exercises off of the Korean Peninsula launching missiles,etc........but it is not clear as to whom they might wish to impress ?

Obviously if Kim were to nuke the US or our Alies we would nuke him back and he has prominent next door neighbors in China and Russia who would be exposed to fall out from that who need to act to stop N. Korea from Kims Helter Skelter behavior .

Richard Heckler 3 months, 1 week ago

The occupation of the mideast oil region is not making friends anywhere in the world. Not in the past 37 years since Reagan-Bush started this fiasco.

No doubt many countries are and have been keeping a close eye on the USA government as a result of war for oil control strategy.

The USA has thousands of nuke weapons and we're telling other countries they cannot do it.

Trump the Rump needs to chill out and stop making a spectacle of himself as he is going full speed ahead to distract the nation from his ill conceived business approach and campaign abnormalities.

No president can start a nuke war without some push back from the house and senate as well as a general or two. Fortunately Trump does not have a red button on his desk that can actively start a war. His reckless behaviors need to stop now.

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