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North Korea Now Making Missile-Ready Nuclear Weapons, US Analysts Say ( 338

schwit1 shares a report from The Washington Post: North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment. 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. "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. "It is not yet known whether the reclusive regime has successfully tested the smaller design, although North Korea officially last year claimed to have done so," reports The Washington Post.
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North Korea Now Making Missile-Ready Nuclear Weapons, US Analysts Say

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  • Thanks, China (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    The elephant in the room is that they have been enabled, if not actively assisted, by China for decades. Sure is a good thing the US wasn't dumb enough to outsource a huge chunk of our manufacturing to the totalitarian country silently backing these guys and their nuclear ambitions for the sake of next quarter's corporate profits, huh?

  • I'm sure glad we've got a level-headed leader with years of experience in international diplomacy!

    When the rapture comes, I'm taking your car.
  • by RyoShin ( 610051 ) <tukaro AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday August 08, 2017 @06:01PM (#54969343) Homepage Journal

    "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," warned Mr. Trump from his golf club in Bedminster.

    "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," he told reporters. "He has been very threatening -- beyond a normal statement," Mr. Trump said of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "As I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before."

    President Donald Trump, 2017 Aug 8 []

    Be prepared, there is a small chance that our horrendous leadership could unknowingly lead us into World War III.

    Mr. Donald Trump, 2013 Aug 13 []

    • Well, he's not wrong is he?

    • by jez9999 ( 618189 )

      What the hell is he meant to do? This is an insane regime building nuclear fucking bombs. Do you want to wait for it to drop some on South Korea, Japan, and California? Well, maybe California...

  • 88 mph (Score:4, Insightful)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2017 @06:01PM (#54969345) Journal

    A pertinent message from a time traveler: []

  • by Pascoea ( 968200 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2017 @06:04PM (#54969373)

    U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment.

    You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • nerd warfare (Score:4, Interesting)

    by bugs2squash ( 1132591 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2017 @06:30PM (#54969589)

    This is a tech website. What are some tech related ways in which we could respond ? Aside from spreading viruses to their centrifuges, maybe we could drop 1000s of satellite communicators down to the NK people, sure some would get lost, others fall into government hands, but if only a few fall into the hands of an internal "resistance" it could help gather intelligence or spread western news.

    They would not have to be high bandwidth, I'm thinking something like 2-way twitter (but keep it away from POTUS !)

  • That the DPRK has performed five or six weapons tests over the period of a decade, and now have a functional fission-fusion trigger device, small enough to be fitted onto their MRBM and ICBM rockets. Not a single accident at one of their facilities; no incidents involving radiation leaks (at least any that were detectable); not one instance where they dialed the device too high resulting in an incident similar to the Castle Bravo detonation on Bikini Atoll. Just five or six tests and then boom, perfect.


    • What's odd? They bought the tech from Pakistan and are just revising it. Everything they are doing has already been done before. They aren't doing anything groundbreaking. It's all engineering work and not research science.

    • by Strider- ( 39683 )

      I don't think anyone is claiming they have a thermonuclear warhead. At most, they likely have a boosted fission device. Still plenty powerful, but much easier to make. Once you've got a functional implosion-type warhead, it's a pretty obvious move to add a system to inject a bit of tritium just prior to detonation. The tritium fuses due to the initial fission reaction, which in turn produces fast neutrons, which in turn causes additional fission of a U238 tamper, and the other, fissile material.

  • The best thing about the whole north/south Korea tension, is the possibility of a modern contemporary MASH 2 TV series. That would be awesome.
    • by cunina ( 986893 )
      No. That show was never funny, nor interesting, it's just that everything else on TV at the time was even worse.
  • Now North Korea has the WMD that missed Iraq to avoid being invaded, we will see if their leader is just rationale (he is safe and can calm down) or really mad (he seeks more nuclear-related provocations).
  • If the Baby God Dictator of the Norks really is crazy enough to attack an American city, he can do so by delivering it in a cargo container. I only hope that there are minions around him who understand that any use of a nuclear weapon will literally be the last thing that the Pyongyang regime ever does.


  • by WaffleMonster ( 969671 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2017 @10:23PM (#54971231)

    The "puppet masters" are feeding the media publically establishing pretexts for action... like they did b4 Iraq.

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