North Korea is making missile-ready nuclear weapons, crossing the line into becoming a capable nuclear power, according to a report.
U.S. intelligence officials determined in a confidential analysis last month that North Korea could be holding up to 60 nuclear weapons, and has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead for missiles, The Washington Post reported Monday.
The report seems to confirm the worst fears from the U.S. of the rouge country rapidly accelerating its arsenal — and its ability to wreak havoc on other nations.
North Korea has long boasted about its ability to create full-scale missiles and nuclear weapons, but it has become increasingly successful this year in running test launches for long-range explosives.
North Korea vows ‘thousands-fold’ revenge on U.S. for sanctions
The communist country ran two successful tests in July for intercontinental ballistic missiles. U.S. analysts said the second weapon could travel far enough to hit the Midwest in the United States.
The report did not say if North Korea successfully tested its miniature nuke, but North Korea claimed that it did so.
North Korea has been steadily ramping up its weaponry since President Trump took office, ignoring mountain warnings from the U.S. and other world powers.
The United Nations last week approved sanctions against North Korea that could deprive Kim Jong Un’s country of more than $ 1 billion.
North Korea on Monday vowed to launch “thousands-fold” revenge against the United States for the sanctions, and said America would “pay a price for its crime against our country and people.”
North Korea has regularly hurled bombastic threats at the U.S. and its other enemies, but its recent tests show it is making good on some of its most severe warnings.
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