North Korea Nuke Report Declassified by 'Mistake'
Officials cast doubt on nuclear intelligence report
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 12, 2013 2:28 AM CDT
Updated Apr 12, 2013 7:23 AM CDT
Military officers stand ready at a stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, April 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

(Newser) – John Kerry has arrived in South Korea amid fears the North could be poised for another missile test, the AP reports. Kerry's first trip to the Asia-Pacific as secretary of state, during which he'll also visit China and Japan, was planned prior to concerns about a possible launch. His visit could prompt more threats from Pyongyang, the AP notes. Kerry called the rhetoric the North has been spewing so far "unacceptable" and vowed that it "will not be accepted as a nuclear power," Reuters reports. Meanwhile, US officials are backing off a Pentagon intelligence report saying Pyongyang might be ready to launch a nuclear missile, the New York Times reports.

National intelligence director James Clapper says the intelligence community isn't necessarily in agreement. Adds the Pentagon's press secretary: "It would be inaccurate to suggest that the North Korean regime has fully tested, developed, or demonstrated the kinds of nuclear capabilities referenced in the passage." Rep. Doug Lamborn read what he described as an unclassified sentence from a classified report at a House Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday; officials tell CNN that portion was "mistakenly" designated as unclassified. "Several of us here in the Pentagon were shocked by hearing that assessment read aloud in an open hearing," says one official. South Korea also said today it does not think the North has miniaturized a warhead to the point it could be mounted on a missile, Reuters reports.

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MisterE
Apr 12, 2013 11:48 PM CDT
Kerry should shut up with threats about a missile test. It is an empty threat. It won't hurt US, and makes US look bad when we have no response, other than Another "Don't you Dare do that, Again!"
1freeusa
Apr 12, 2013 7:54 PM CDT
the propaganda ministry along with our military are working hard to keep the news media pumping this fear factor story..... Everyone, Yes Everyone knows N K will not nuke japan or s k or the US. China will not allow it because they know the fallout will effect millions of their people and land. Also they are not ready to loose out on the trillions the rest of the world owes them for the sake of a defense agreement with N K
AveMaria
Apr 12, 2013 7:40 PM CDT
Personally I am glad we finally know the truth and it makes me angry that we were being lied to about their capabilities. Everyone who was an "analyst" or whatever kept saying they weren't capable of a nuke launch but now the Pentagon accidentally discloses a paper saying they can. I get tired of lies from the government and others especially when it concerns something this serious.