Over a year ago, North Korea was already touting it had produced a miniaturized nuclear weapon that could be fitted onto its ballistic missiles.
The claim was downplayed, but now U.S. intelligence officials have come to the conclusion that North Korea has, indeed, successfully created such a nuclear warhead and has “crossed a key threshold” to becoming a fully-fledged nuclear power.
The Washington Post published a report Tuesday referencing an analysis completed in June by the Defense Intelligence Agency and noting that U.S. officials have estimated North Korea now possesses up to 60 nuclear weapons. Kim Jong Un’s military capabilities are advancing far more rapidly than experts had predicted.
Analysts had predicted that it could be years before North Korean weapons scientists could develop a nuclear warhead capable of being attached to a missile, but a new report dated July 28 admits they have now accomplished this feat.
The Washington Post quoted an excerpt from the report, which states, “The IC [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles.”
Japan has agreed with the assessment, as Japan’s defense ministry stated in a 500-page report, “It is conceivable that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has already considerably advanced and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons into warheads and has acquired nuclear warheads.”
Concerns are mounting that North Korea has now produced ballistic missiles with the capability of reaching major U.S. cities.
Canada has now become alarmed over the possibility that any North Korean missile launched toward a U.S. target would potentially fly over their country or even hit their country. The matter has caused panic in Canada, as they have no missile defense system, and former Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay admitted last week that he regrets not having signed a missile defense agreement with the United States.
In a unanimous vote Saturday, the United Nations Security Council slammed North Korea with the strongest sanctions possible in response to the country’s repeated ballistic missile tests.
The sanctions outraged North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who responded with a threat to strike the United States with “thousands-fold” revenge, promising to send “gift packages” to the United States. North Korea declared the sanctions against them were a “violent violation of our sovereignty.”
China reportedly sent out a warning to North Korea, with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stating on Sunday, “Do not violate the U.N.’s decision or provoke international society’s goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests.”
The following is a news broadcast from March 2016, when North Korea was already putting out photos and propaganda claiming it had developed the miniaturized nuclear warhead capable of being attached to a ballistic missile.
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