If the intel report is true, this is a dramatic escalation of the threat from the North Korean regime.
A new report in the Washington Post has revealed that North Korea has built a miniature nuclear warhead that can fit inside their missiles.
The report is based on an analysis by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.
“The IC [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” says the analysis.
It is now believed that Kim Jong Un’s regime has as many as 60 nuclear weapons, and their missiles have become increasingly sophisticated.
North Korea’s missiles are now believed capable of reaching North America, but they were not seen as being able to put a nuclear warhead inside an ICBM.
North Korea nuclear capability advancing more rapidly than expected
So-called “experts” on North Korea have said the country was years away from having the ability to put nukes in ICBM’s.
Now, it seems clear those experts were wrong.
As reported by the Washington Post, “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.”
Rising threat of war
U.S. President Donald Trump has said he would not allow North Korea to reach the point where they could hit the U.S. with a nuke. However, if the report on North Korea’s nuclear program is true, they may already have that capability – or be extremely close to it.
That means the threat of military action has risen dramatically, and the consequences could be devastating.
There are no easy choices with North Korea. A North Korean regime armed with long-range nukes would not hesitate to launch a suicidal strike against America, South Korea, Japan, or all three at once if their regime was ever collapsing. They would also have the ability to threaten South Korea, Japan, and even China with nuclear blackmail.
That said, a war against North Korea would be brutal. While the United States would inevitably win, it is possible that North Korea would drop a nuke on the capital city of South Korea – killing millions. Even without a nuke being launched, hundreds of thousands of people in South Korea would likely die in artillery strikes – not to mention the battle itself. Even after being defeated by America through air strikes, ground forces would have to go in and remove Kim Jong Un from power (unless the United Nations was brought in at that point – or China went in themselves), which could lead to tens of thousands more deaths at minimum.
With all of this in mind, the threat of war is much greater now than it ever has been. If the United States is determined that they will never accept North Korea being able to hit them with a nuke, and if North Korea is determined to never halt their program, war is the only logical outcome.
It’s a game of chicken with the highest stakes possible.