U.S. assesses NKorea can fit nuke inside a missile

09 August, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • US spy satellites detect North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to patrol boat

A new assessment by US intelligence officials reportedly says North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside intercontinental ballistic missiles, a development that led to a fiery rebuke from President Donald Trump.

A large majority of Americans consider North Korea's nuclear weapons program a critical threat toward the United States, according to a new poll.

Trump, meanwhile, said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been "very threatening beyond a normal statement" and vowed strong repercussions if the nuclear threat continues.

Trump made the remarks hours after a Washington Post report cited an assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency concluding Pyongyang had miniaturized a nuclear warhead that could be delivered by its missiles.

"The Fake News Media will not talk about the importance of the United Nations Security Council's 15-0 vote in favor of sanctions on N. Korea!"

Late last month, North Korea proved its missile capabilities have reached a point where USA cities are within "target range".

Earlier, Trump expressed pleasure with "Russia's and China's cooperation" with the USA against North Korea in adopting the UNSC resolution targeting key North Korean exports.

China's foreign minister said that he had advised his North Korean counterpart not to "provoke the worldwide society's good will by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests".

North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States and has ignored global calls to halt its nuclear and missile programmes.

Intelligence analysts have been shocked by the fast development of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

A section of the latest DIA report, which was dated July 28, was read over the telephone to the Washington Post by an official.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump highlighted his administration's success in leading the UN Security Council to unanimously pass sanctions on North Korea.

Speaking at a Security Council meeting, the U.S. envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the new resolution is the hardest package of sanctions against any country.

"After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea".

United States stocks fell after Mr Trump's comment, with the S&P 500 falling to a session low.



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