April 23, 2015

China warns: North Korea's nuclear arsenal could double by next year

Rebel Staff

A Reuters report citing the Wall Street Journal says "Chinese experts" are warning that North Korea's nuclear weapons capability is on the rise and may double by next year.

The dictatorship has already carried out three nuclear detonations, most recently in November 2013.

According to Reuters:

The Chinese estimates of Pyongyang's nuclear production, relayed to U.S. nuclear specialists, exceed most previous U.S. forecasts, which range from 10 to 16 bombs currently, said the report, which cited people briefed on the matter. (...)

Early this month, U.S. Admiral William Gortney, commander of the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, said the U.S. military believes North Korea has the ability to miniaturize a warhead and mount it on a ballistic missile, although there had been no tests.


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commented 2015-04-23 14:06:40 -0400
Not underestimating… nor putting much credence into NK’s threats…
commented 2015-04-23 11:42:13 -0400
Putin is investing big money in North Korea. And Iran is testing arms in North Korea. They won’t attack Russia or China even though Kim isn’t heeding Bejing these days. But they could hit Canada’s west coast or Washington. It would be crazy of them but, well, they are crazy. Put their crazy together with Iran’s crazy with Putin whispering in their ear and, well, I think it is a mistake to underestimate the threat North Korea can pose.
commented 2015-04-23 11:30:38 -0400
they are a world of their own making, as long as they don’t export their excess
commented 2015-04-23 10:29:32 -0400
North Korea may have nukes, and may have a lot of ‘em. But they have no reliable delivery platform. North Korea antagonizes everybody, and threatens and blackmails to get international financing to maintain its internal structures. North Korea starves its own people. If this international funding were to cease, North Korea would shrivel into a fraction of its strength in little time. The problem is that North Korea would probably take its fears and hungers out on South Korea (because it wouldn’t stand a chance against either China or Russia…) One well-placed nuke over Pyongyang would solve a lot of Western Pacific political problems, if it comes to that…
commented 2015-04-23 09:28:29 -0400
No one should take their eye off North Korea. Hopefully China wants to protect its investments in Canada (all you critics of FIPA) and rein North Korea in to do so.