U.S., Japan agree N. Korea can now mate nuke warhead to missile for delivery

U.S., Japan agree N. Korea can now mate nuke warhead to missile for delivery

[Ed. – We’ll probably never hear from a definitive source on whether Pyongyang is outpacing the actual expectations of analysts, or is suddenly said to be outpacing the expectations authorized for publication by the previous administration.  That said, if North Korea has truly accelerated its program as implied in the WaPo story, it could only be with outside help.  The most likely source would be Iran, which got a big infusion of cash from Obama in 2016.]

The new analysis completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country’s atomic arsenal. The U.S. calculated last month that up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Some independent experts believe the number of bombs is much smaller. …

U.S. officials last month concluded that Pyongyang is also outpacing expectations in its effort to build an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking cities on the American mainland. …

“The IC [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” the assessment states, in an excerpt read to The Washington Post. The assessment’s broad conclusions were verified by two U.S. officials familiar with the document. …

An assessment this week by the Japanese Ministry of Defense also concludes there is evidence to suggest that North Korea has achieved miniaturization.

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