Pentagon: North Korea Likely Has Nuke Warheads
Congressman quotes report during hearing
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2013 4:58 PM CDT
In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, North Korea's Unha-3 rocket lifts off from the Sohae launch pad in Tongchang-ri, North Korea.   (AP Photo/KCNA, File)

(Newser) – A congressman quizzing the Joint Chiefs chairman dropped a disturbing little nugget during a hearing on Capitol Hill today: The Pentagon thinks North Korea probably already has nuclear weapons ready to go via ballistic missile. The revelation came from Colorado's Doug Lamborn, who read from an assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency, reports CNN:

  • "Quoting from the unclassified portion, which I believe has not yet been made public, they say, quote, 'DIA assesses with moderate confidence the North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivering by ballistic missiles, however, the reliability will be low.'"

Lamborn's whole point in reading it was to ask Gen. Martin Dempsey whether he agreed with that assessment, but Dempsey seemed "taken aback," reports Eli Lake of the Daily Beast. "Well, I haven't seen it," he eventually replied. "And you said it's not publicly released, so I choose not to comment on it." So is this bombshell news? “This is the clearest, most direct statement that North Korea has a miniaturized warhead,” a North Korea expert tells the Washington Post. But, he added, it's “consistent with a series of statements that have been made in the past” by US officials.

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njgreen
Apr 12, 2013 6:12 AM CDT
OK, three "nuclear tests," each yielding less than the Hiroshima bomb of 70 years ago, none of them showing any signs of radioactivity. What NK has are a bunch of trucks full of dynamite detonated underground, a totalitarian government controlling all news, and a complicit partner in our own military-industrial complex, who wants an excuse to spend more money arming ourselves for this war.
debbiedoodle
Apr 11, 2013 9:55 PM CDT
yeah and Iraq had MWDs & the LAPD will pay the $1.2 million reward for Donner. I have heard your droppings before. PLease forgive me if you are the ones that I do not trust.
Flatus_Antiquus
Apr 11, 2013 9:41 PM CDT
"North Korea Hasn’t Shown Nuclear Missile Ability: Clapper"" U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said North Korea hasn’t yet shown it’s able to arm a missile with a nuclear weapon, taking issue with another U.S. intelligence agency’s finding that the totalitarian regime may now have that capability." http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-12/north-korea-hasn-t-shown-nuclear-missile-ability-clapper.html