Pentagon says North Korea is capable of delivering nuclear missiles
April 11th, 2013
05:04 PM ET

Pentagon says North Korea is capable of delivering nuclear missiles

From Barbara Starr and Chris Lawrence

The Pentagon’s intelligence arm has assessed with “moderate confidence” that North Korea has the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon by ballistic missile though the reliability is believed to be “low.” The assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency was revealed during a Congressional hearing on Thursday.

"DIA assess with moderate confidence the North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles, however, the reliability will be low,” the agency concludes, according to an unclassified version of the report read out by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) during a House Armed Services Hearing.

Pentagon spokesman George Little refused to comment on the assessment in an interview broadcast on ‘The Lead with Jake Tapper,’ saying that while the conclusion was unclassified, “the underlying content is definitely classified.”

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  6. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
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  7. StanCalif

    Only China can stop this mess! Why don't they? Kerry should ask them.
    NK is China's puppet and their research and development site for nuclear weapons! China cannot afford to carry out nuclear weapons research, their economy would be devastated. So they use the starving country of NK to carry out their dirty work. North Korea is China's problem to solve, not ours!

    April 12, 2013 at 7:40 am | Reply
  8. qwerty tapper

    face it you will never get clear facts or truth out of the government and the media
    their stories always change

    April 12, 2013 at 12:31 am | Reply
  9. Steve

    North korea is doing the trolololololoolol

    April 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  10. amacd385

    Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) seems from the record to be a serial leaker -- maybe he should work for Wikileaks.

    Anyway, the DIA ginned-up report probably does say NK is a threat - big surprise - but the purpose here is to reach closure on the DGE's plan to have a nice demonstration of its new wonder-drug, B61-11, 'Groundbreaking' effectiveness on hard to get rid of lower intestinal nuclear blockage.

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    April 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  11. Pete

    Remember its almost 6000 miles to the west coast of America from N Korea and only a couple hundred miles maybe less from the deck of our missile launching destroyers that have nuclear capabilities as well..And remember how fast a loaded B2 bomber flies, almost the speed of one of UNs missiles I bet....Think about this as well we,S Korea or China don't want or need any of N Koreas citizens, refugees and believe me if you'd give them a chance to migrate they will,just like rats...

    April 11, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • dawgymama

      And who says he's aiming for the US mainland? He's already said he's planning an EMP attack and for that he has more than enough range.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @dawgymama,because weeks ago UN sent out a possible list of cities in the US to be targeted and going as far east as I think Austin ,Texas..So he has a supposid plan and let's see if they take his toys away before he hurts someone with them right!!

        April 12, 2013 at 11:30 am |
  12. John

    And 1 hour ago read multiple articles that said without a doubt North Korea could not have minature warheads and now they tell me they may have them and so now they may be more of a threat than they were.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Reply

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