New analysis sharply increases number of A-bombs in North Korea arsenal

Analysts have some very scary news about North Korea and its nuclear capabilities: The rogue regime, they say, has developed a miniaturized nuclear weapon that can fit onto an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The news comes after the communist regime threatened the United States in the wake of a United Nations vote placing a super-heavy set of sanctions on the country for its unrelenting development of nuclear weapons.

According to The Washington Post, 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 IC [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” the assessment states, in an excerpt read to The Washington Post. The assessment’s broad conclusions were verified by two U.S. officials familiar with the document. It is not yet known whether the reclusive regime has successfully tested the smaller design, although North Korea officially last year claimed to have done so.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense has also done an assessment and they agree that evidence exists that North Korea has achieved miniaturization.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become increasingly hostile and defiant as of late, behavior that might be the result of a growing confidence in his country’s nuclear capabilities. President Trump, in turn, has made it clear that his patience is wearing thin. On Tuesday, he said that if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S., the country would “be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

After this warning, North Korea’s state-owned media reported that its leader is considering military strikes against the U.S., including the Pacific territory of Guam.

It seems, then, that we’re running out of diplomatic means to rein in the out-of-control communist haven, and if something isn’t done soon, a military engagement may be inevitable.

Hopefully, President Trump and his advisers are hard at work on this problem and doing all they can to keep our nation safe by reminding Kim Jong Un that you don’t mess with the stars and stripes.

[NOTE: This article was written by Michael Cantrell. Follow him on Twitter @MCantrell0928 and on Facebook]

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