North Korea may have reached a level of nuclear capability that poses a new threat to the U.S., a U.S. general warned Friday.
Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, the top American commander in South Korea, said Friday at the Pentagon that North Korea may have the ability to miniaturize a nuclear weapon to enable it to be attached to a long-range ballistic missile.
“I think given their technological capabilities, the time that they been working on this, that they probably have the capabilities to put this together,” Scaparrotti said, according to the Associated Press.
Scaparrotti added that North Korean claims of having the technological ability to field a nuclear-armed missile with a vehicle that would be difficult to track by satellite should be taken seriously. He also clarified, however, that the likelihood that such a system would work successfully at the moment were “pretty darn low” because the North Korean military had not tested it.
Nevertheless, the ability to field a mobile, long-range nuclear-armed missile would represent a new threat from North Korea, long considered one of the nation states harboring the greatest animosity toward the U.S. …
Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the U.S. remains eager to find ways to engage with North Korea, but stipulated that the “first thing you have to do is come to a competent, real, authentic set of talks about denuclearization,” according to the New York Times.