How close is North Korea to a nuclear missile?
A North Korean soldier stands guard in front of an Unha-3 rocket at the Tangachai-ri Space Center on April 8, 2012.
January 29th, 2013
06:45 PM ET

How close is North Korea to a nuclear missile?

By Kevin Voigt, CNN

North Korea's intention to carry out a new nuclear test, coming on the heels of December's successful satellite launch, suggests that Pyongyang is moving forward toward developing a nuclear warhead and a deliverable missile system, experts say. The question remains: How close are they?

The answer, like the cloistered "hermit kingdom," remains largely a mystery as does much of its nuclear program.

"It's a question over the delivery system and the reliability of those systems," said Daniel Pinkston, senior analyst for the International Crisis Group covering Northeast Asia. "That is essentially unknown, or known by a few people inside North Korea."


Filed under: Missile Defense • North Korea • Nuclear
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  3. StanCalif

    North Korea is not our big worry. We have "allies" who pose bigger threats!

    Here we go!!! Israel desparetly wants to trick the US into attacking Iran for them. Israel just pulled the trigger! Iran warned Israel that any assult on Syria would be an assult on Iran. This Israeli assult was clearly unprovolked. We still don't know what exactly what was the target. A convoy of what, or something else?

    Bibi just got plastered with egg on his face in the recent elections. Now, he responds in his usual manner! This time he chose to pick on someone other than Palistenians. The world is getting sick and tired of this Palestinian debate! So he needed a new target for his vengence! Rile up Iran!!! No wonder Obama and the French hate this idiot! Does Bibi have any friends left – oh, I forgot, the US Congress just loves him! However, the GOP just awoke to the fact that Bibi is not a Latino!!! Surprise!

    January 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Reply

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