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DIA: N Korea Now Has Nuclear Capable Missiles

From the Politico:

Report: North Korea may have missile-capable nuclear weapons

By JUANA SUMMERS | April 11, 2013

North Korea likely has nuclear weapons that can be launched by a ballistic missile but they’re not very reliable, according to a new Defense Intelligence Agency report quoted Thursday by a member of Congress.

But the Pentagon and the director of National Intelligence both later Thursday released statements saying it would be “inaccurate” to classify North Korea’s capabilities as such.

The assessment was revealed by Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Republican, during a House Armed Services Committee hearing focused on the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2014 budget request. A Congressional aide told POLITICO the report was completed in March, but had not previously been publicly released.

According to the report, Lamborn said, DIA “assesses with moderate confidence” that North Korea has nuclear weapons “capable of delivery by ballistic missiles, however the reliability will be low.”

Reading the DIA assessment aloud at the hearing, Lamborn questioned Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asking them if they agreed. Dempsey said he had not seen the report Lamborn referenced and that he "chose not to comment" as the report had not been released publicly.

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said late Thursday that it would be inaccurate to assert that North Korea had such capabilities.

"In today’s House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Department of Defense budget, a member of the committee read an unclassified passage in a classified report on North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, Clapper said in a statement. "I concur with the earlier Department of Defense statement that “it would be inaccurate to suggest that the North Korean regime has fully developed and tested the kinds of nuclear weapons referenced in the passage."

James Clapper? The same guy who said we had nothing to fear from the Muslim Brotherhood, because they were a ‘secular’ organization?

Clapper’s statement stuck closely to a statement released earlier Thursday by Pentagon press secretary George Little, who drew a similar conclusion.

Clapper also added that the statement Lamborn read was "not an Intelligence Community assessment" and that "North Korea has not yet demonstrated the full range of capabilities necessary for a nuclear armed missile." …

The Obama administration probably does not want to admit that the North Koreans have this capability. That would make them look bad. Then, a few weeks from now, we will be told it’s ‘old news’ that they have it.

Anyway, if there is nothing to worry about, why are we sending missile defense systems to Guam? Why are we adding 14 interceptors to the 30 already in place in California and Alaska?

Speaking of missile defense, here is a nice reminder of John Kerry’s position on missile defenses from CNS News:

Kerry in ‘86: Missile Defense System is a ‘Cancer on Our Nation’s Defense’

By Patrick Burke | April 5, 2013

(CNSNews.com) – In the 1980s, when now- Secretary of State John Kerry was a Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts, he criticized the Reagan administration’s plan for a missile defense system — known as the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) — calling it a “cancer on our nation’s defense.”

According to an Aug. 5, 1986 story from the Associated Press, then-Sen. Kerry wanted to cut funding for SDI — critically known at the time as ‘Star Wars’– and called the program a “cancer.”

“In debate, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., called Star Wars ‘a cancer’ and said ‘what we must do is deny this program the funds that would enable this cancer on our nation’s defense to grow any further,’” the 1986 AP report said.

At the time, the Senate narrowly rejected an attempt to cut SDI funding by $3.2 billion for the upcoming fiscal year.

One year earlier in June 1985, AP reported that Kerry was advocating the same position of limiting funding to SDI, calling it, “a dream based on an illusion.”

“We must also recognize that we could never test a Star Wars system under realistic conditions until the moment of an all-out nuclear attack,” Kerry said…

"This is the time we must say ‘no’ to the president’s dream, a dream based on illusion, but one which could have real and terrible consequences,” he later added…

In fact, Mr. Kerry’s position is no different from Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton’s. Indeed, if the Obamas, Clintons and Kerrys of the world had had their way, the US wouldn’t have any kind of missile defense. And we wouldn’t have any protection against North Korean missiles.

For lest we forget, Obama was talking about doing away with our missile defenses when he told Russia’s Medvedev that he would be able to be more ‘flexible’ after he was re-elected.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “DIA: N Korea Now Has Nuclear Capable Missiles”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Deja vu. During WW2 a congress critter announced that the Japs were
    setting their torpedos to run too deep. Fortunately, the Japs didn’t take
    the newspaper it was reported in. I see where, in the current episode,
    that they’re already blaming the military for this. Tommy would understand.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    This North Korea business isn’t what it looks like. Feint within a feint within a feint.

    Ya’ll don’t have Machiavellian minds. Let me spell it out for you ….

    Hillary Clinton.

    Do you have even the slightest idea what she’s been doing flying all over the world non-stop for the past four years, besides getting pledges for her election war chest?

    Look to Libya. Yemen. Egypt. Syria. Mali. To name a few. She’s been orchestrating regime-change. Out with the Old. In with the New. You can bet Nork intelligence agents got word of who was manipulating these change overs about the same time she took Burma (Myanmar) out of North Korea’s influence and into China’s.

    About the same time she visited China and ‘highlighted’ China’s need to distance itself from the Norks. And on the same trip visited South Korea to reinforce USA commitment to seeing Norks come into the community of Man, or face even more sanctions.

    Al together … Kim Jong Un sees the writing on his wall and went batso.

    Bet me on it.

  3. Tater Salad says:

    Do you remember this? With North Korea going nuclear Barack Obama’s past is playing right into North Korea’s hands:


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