Though serious questions remain about the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, a recently disclosed assessment by the Pentagon claims that Pyongyang has the ability to assemble a nuclear weapon small enough for launch via ballistic missile.
The new information came at a Thursday budget session of the House Armed Services Committee, where US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel claimed all the same that North Korea is still not able to attack the US with a missile carrying a nuclear warhead. At the same conference, National Intelligence Director James Clapper claimed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's latest threats are simply a bid to "elicit recognition from the world, specifically the United States ... of North Korea's arrival on the scene as a nuclear power."
However, the intelligence assessment reports "moderate confidence" that the North Korean army has reached a certain level of
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