President Trump has responded to reports of North Korea's nuclear threats, saying the regime “will be met with fire, fury and frankly, power the likes of which the world has never seen.”
Trump's comments come after a report was published by The Washington Post claiming North Korea has made a compact nuclear warhead that can be placed inside one of its advanced rockets which are already believed to be capable of reaching half of the United States.
The jarring assessment was prepared in July by the Defense Intelligence Agency, according to the Post. The Post was read parts of the DIA analysis and the document was verified by other U.S. officials, the newspaper reported.
The[ intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapon for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class rockets, an excerpt of the DIA analysis states.
Further, it is now believed that despot Kim Jong Un may control up to 60 nuclear weapons.
The DIA report echoed some of the evaluations stimulated in a lengthy Japanese defense white paper also revealed on Tuesday.
It is conceivable that North Koreas nuclear weapons program has already substantially advanced and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons into warheads and has acquired nuclear warheads, Japans defense ministry said in the 500 -page report.
Reactions to the news highlighted the stunning advancements depicted in the reports. Some of those who've tangled with North Korea in the past advocated hurling diplomacy to the wayside.
“Weve been playing the diplomatic game for a long time with #NorthKorea and its only given them time to advance their weapons program, ” former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton tweeted.
Harry Kazianis, a columnist for the Asia Times and a senior editor at the National Interest, told Fox News' “Happening Now” on Tuesday that North Korea was a “full-fledged” nuclear power.
But the U.S. on Friday attained what appeared to be a remarkable diplomatic victory, procuring the unanimous approval of tough new sanctions — including votes from Russia and China.
North Korea conducted a pair of successful ICBM exams in July, demonstrating the ability to strike a target a long distance away. It's not known, however, if the ICBM's re-entry vehicle has advanced to the point to allow a dependable delivery of a nuclear weapon.
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