May 23, 2015

THERE ISN'T EVEN ANY EVIDENCE THAT THEY HAVE A NUKE:

Expert: North Korean nuclear claims 'neither reliable nor believable' : North Korea ramped up its nuclear threats, boasting of its ability to deliver miniaturized warheads on high-precision long range rockets - an unbelievable claim, as nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker tells DW. (Deutsche-Welle, 5/21/15)

DW: Earlier this month, North Korea announced it had launched a ballistic missile from a submarine. The National Defense Commission now claims to have perfected the technology required to make nuclear warheads fit a missile. How reliable is this information?

Siegfried Hecker: Not reliable and not believable, especially for a long-range missile. It is not even certain that the missile was launched from a submarine rather than a submersible platform. [...]

Claims like this one have been made before and so there is skepticism among experts. How difficult is it to provide estimates regarding the state of affairs of the North Korean nuclear program?

It is very difficult to estimate the size and nature of the North Korean nuclear program. Since there is virtually no direct intelligence about these programs, one has to interpret what they claim and what one can see from satellite imagery.

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