North Korea

Kim Crosses Threshold: Nukes Now Small Enough for Missile Delivery

Kim Jong Un has seemingly done everything right in order to frighten the pants off of the global community.

The diminutive dictator has long been posturing himself as a loose cannon on the world’s stage, with his incessant need for nuclear capabilities and his desire to pick a fight with the most powerful military the planet has ever seen.

U.S. antagonization aside, Kim and his military have been industrious in their nuclear weapon advancement in recent years, crossing off items on their atomic bucket list at a dizzying pace.  Last month’s duel ICBM tests were an eye-opener for the United States, and much of the world, with experts estimating that the projectiles could reach as far as Chicago, Illinois.

The saving grace of these tests, however, was the assumed reality that Kim still lacked the technical expertise to attach one of his primitive nuclear devices to the warhead of these newly developed ICBM’s.  Early U.S. estimates believed that North Korea was still up to two years away from achieving that goal.

Not so fast, says a new analysis.

“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 findings are likely to deepen concerns about an evolving North Korean military threat that appears to be advancing far more rapidly than many experts had predicted. 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 rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang has been sufficiently terrifying since Donald Trump has taken office, with Kim Jong Un pressing harder than ever to evoke a response from the United States.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a bold warning toward U.S. Commander in Chief Donald Trump, threatening the United States with retaliation should we launch an offensive against North Korea.  This odd alliance has some wondering whether or not the Russians are simply attempting to bait the Americans into a conflict similar to their admonishments of the U.S. airstrike in Syria earlier this year.

 

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