North Korea May Be In Possession Of A Miniature Nuclear Warhead, Japan Warns

Tyler Durden's picture

One day after Kim Jong Un's regime balked at this weekend's UN sanctions, promising retaliation and threatening to attack the US with a nuclear weapon, Japan's government has released a new 500-page report in which it warns that the threat from North Korean nuclear weapons has reached a “new stage” and that Pyongyang’s weapons program had “advanced considerably,” to the point where it was possible that the regime had acquired the ability to miniaturize nuclear warheads.

The white paper, approved by Japan’s cabinet on Tuesday morning, was published less than two weeks after North Korea test-fired its second ICBM, which US experts have said may be able to reach most of the continental United States.

According to the Guardian, "Japan’s defence ministry said that security threats had reached a new stage after the North conducted two nuclear tests and more than 20 ballistic missile launches last year."

The report went on to speculate that North Korea had improved its technological expertise to the point where it could theoretically marry a nuclear warhead with a missile.

“It is conceivable that North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme has already considerably advanced and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturisation of nuclear bombs into warheads and has acquired nuclear warheads,” the ministry said.

“North Korea’s development of ballistic missiles and its nuclear programme are becoming increasingly real and imminent problems for the Asia-Pacific region including Japan, as well as the rest of the world,” said the report.

While it has yet to be confirmed, some experts believe the North has already miniaturised its nuclear capability, even as others believe the regime is still several years away from being able to do so.

Scott LaFoy, a Washington-based imagery analyst focusing on ballistic missile and space technologies, said the report reflected “an increasing belief that North Korea either has or is very close to having a nuclear warhead”. Based on data and projections by experts at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, LaFoy told the Guardian: “I lean towards believing North Korea is either in possession of a device, or the potential sixth nuclear test will be the practical test of said device.

“The Japanese defence white paper doesn’t add much to this due to its expected government vagueness, but it is consistent with what I’m seeing.”

To be sure, Japan - which would be first in the line of attack - has reasons to stir the pot and escalate the situation, hoping for pre-emptive military intervention from the US. “North Korea’s missiles represent a deepening threat. That, along with China’s continued threatening behavior in the East China Sea and South China Sea, is a major concern for Japan,” the country’s defense minister, Itsunori Onodera, told reporters in Tokyo.

Japan has held several evacuation drills in recent months in preparation for a North Korean missile attack, while Onodera is among those who have called for the country to acquire the ability to strike North Korean bases if it is attacked.

 

That would require a drastic change in Japan’s defence posture to allow it to use offensive weapons, such as bombers and cruise missiles capable of striking targets overseas – a move that would inevitably prompt a debate on whether the country was honouring the defensive posture required by its “pacifist” constitution.

Japan’s self-defense forces have dramatically increased their involvement in joint exercises with the US, and the defense ministry already plans to upgrade its ship-to-air and mobile missile defence capabilities, the Guardian adds. 

And now that Trump has a military veteran advising him, Japan may get its wish. The wildcard remains China, which has promised to enforce UN sanctions against North Korea agreed at the weekend, even though it claims it has the most to lose from weakening its close trade links with Pyongyang. Beijing has been criticised for failing to enforce previous sanctions packages, but China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, said the measures were necessary to demonstrate international opposition to North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs.

“Owing to China’s traditional economic ties with North Korea, it will mainly be China paying the price for implementing the resolution,” a Chinese foreign ministry statement quoted Wang as saying at a regional security forum in Manila on Monday.

If NKorea indeed is in possession of the technology, it is very likely that Kim's next provocative move will not be an ICBM launch but rather another nuclear test.

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NickyGall's picture

Here is a look at the potential damage that a nuclear weapon could create on America's infrastructure:

 

http://viableopposition.blogspot.ca/2017/05/north-korea-and-damage-from....

 

While North Korea's current nuclear weapons are not powerful enough to cause this type of damage, in the future, a shutdown of critical systems could cripple the U.S. economy.

The Cooler King's picture

I guess they call it 'Little Fat Boy Man'

 

It was either gonna be that, or, 'Ching Chang Wanna Wanna Big Bang'

Took Red Pill's picture

I smell a false flag in the works

Veritas X-'s picture

Of Course it's a 'created False-Flag'!!!

How many of U/ZH readers read *"By Way of Deception"*?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/By_Way_of_Deception

In my extensive library since it came out, btw.

>>>

"The motto of Israel's spy agency, Mossad, is, according to recently defected Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky: "By way of deception thou shalt do war."

That motto describes more than the modus operandi of the world's most ruthless and feared organization of professional assassins and espionage agents; it really describes the modus vivendi of an entire race. It is necessary to understand that fact before one can hope to understand fully the role of the Jews in national and world affairs.

The concept of a race eternally at war with the rest of the world is alien to us. It is difficult to believe or even to grasp. When we examine such a concept and begin sifting the evidence it is easy to become confused. On the one hand we have the Old Testament injunctions to the Hebrews from their tribal god, speaking through their prophets, to annihilate every Gentile nation over which they gain power:
"And thou shalt consume all the peoples which the Lord thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them...thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth." (Deuteronomy 7:16, 20:16)

Similarly bloodthirsty..."

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The fact is, I[t]-izz-a-Hell, operates/buys/sells/controls, since at least at a minimum from the early 1970's ((((don't forget Arnon Milchan), the *LONE GUNMAN*, mozzad-mazeltoff-sayanim...producer+ Oliver Stone's *JFK*(wonder why),))), confirmed thru the smuggling of 'everything NUKE-clear since the 1960's' ))))....the black market in nuke material.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=By+Way+of+Deception&t=ffcm&ia=web

Guess who is behind this BS?

X-

addendum:

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Arnon Milchan Arnon Milchan is an Israeli billionaire businessman who has produced over 130 full-length motion pictures. Milchan, the owner of New Regency Films, was an Israeli intelligence operative from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s.More at Wikipedia Born:December 6, 1944, Rehovot, Israel Nationality:Israeli Occupation:Businessman, film producer

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ps.

Remember the *Davey Crocket* nuke & triggers sent to I ?

9, 11, courtesy of Pappa Bush & Dickhead C., saic-don rumsfeldisky>>>larri silverboystein & WTC 1+2+7?

THINK???

Ms. Erable's picture

This story smells like the incessant claims - ongoing for the last 30 years, mind - by the Israeli apparatchiks that Iran is 'two months away from building a nuclear weapon'.

EuroZone's picture

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land_of_the_few's picture

They chopped down a cherry tree shortly after emitting this press statement.

Soon we will find out who did it, the post-statement analysis and recriminations will be fuelled by Sapporo beer and Tourette's.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

So Japan overtakes the Britain's role in the Iraq's war story :) ...

HRClinton's picture

The M.O. of these (((people))) has been a gradual and then an exponential sequence of steps in every host nation:

Infiltration, Deception, Takeover.

It takes a rare and uniquely strong character in a perceptive national leadership, to resists or cast out such (((Stealth Invaders))).

Veritas X-'s picture

Excuse me ZH-readers.

I would like to make a 'Direct Appeal' to the Tylers. 4th-time-around-&-I'm tryin'.

Please, do NOT think me-myself as a hatemonger. Quite the contrary.

I have 0-zero animosity to folks who consider themselves, Jewish. Period.

My disassociative reasoning came about because of the the 'Jews' I grew up/worked with, and learned to highly respect, in NJ, as a young man.

THIS/the best thing I ever 'learned' as a young man was, using intellectual reasoning.

The Fight for Truth has No Boundaries. 

My JEWISH Friends, Helped Me to See; Use Your Brain.

Folks, Never-Ever-Condemn 1 group of People.

Our GOD is infinitely fair.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xe5cQDIbMs

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Veritas X-'s picture

PS.

Believe it or not, I was in Cairo in March 1981, on the last Air-Saudi plane out, to Jeddah, after Begin & Sadat agreed to meet one another.

The *BOYCOTT* began the following day.

After a 3 month sojourné in Israel & Egypt, I discovered, EVERYONE/ALL people were GOOD and did NOT have ANY hate towards the 'opposite side'.

This is FACT!

No Lies.

Please Remember when 'calling folks out', You do it properly.

Earnest Regards,  X-

roadhazard's picture

What's new... it's like a broken record.

MFL5591's picture

I dont know anyone who believes this Korean Lie! I do not think they are capable of building anything or starting war.  Look at their history of poverty and starvation and look at the USA wars and tell me who is more likely creating this narative?  How many children must die? .  

How else can they cover the gross incompetence (21 Trillion in debt) and this greedy Wall Street Banking Tribe that has stolen the wealth of this country through the farce known as the Federal Reserve? 

Let DC send their kids to war, refuse to fight another murderous plan by McCain/Graham and the Rosthchild/Rockerfeller/ Bush War machine!

We were told Iraq was killing its own people and had weapons of mass destruction.  LIE

We were told Syria was gasing people.  Lie

We were told cavemen from the Middle Esat took down 3 buildings in NYC without even hitting one of them.  You answer this one yourself!

Lybia war and removal of Kadafi.  Lie

Kuwait War.  Lie

Vietnam.  Lie

How many people need to die to satify this group?? 

 

Nexus789's picture

How many. Probably 6billion or so. 

HRClinton's picture

A 1000:1 retribution sounds about right for (((their))) mindset.

Hamm Jamm's picture

its a scripted fake world

CheapBastard's picture

But Bush said he was "winning minds and hearts."

 

And I don't know why the Nobel peace Prize winner, Soweeto Hussein Obama killed a million brown people in north africa and the middle east.

MFL5591's picture

He cant, they will be busy nuking us to satify the McCain/Graham/ Bush/ Rothchild/ Rockerfeller /Clinton Wall Street war effort!!

dogismycopilot's picture

I was all aboard the NK war bus up until a few days ago when I read this book. That combined with the Deep State sanctions against Russia finally made we join some of you peaceniks.

 

 

HYBRID WARS:
THE INDIRECT ADAPTIVE APPROACH TO REGIME CHANGE

https://orientalreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/AK-Hybrid-Wars-upd... 

robertocarlos's picture

That's OK. They are only going to use it on the USA. The rest of us are safe.

charlewar's picture

California could be first target! Perhaps LA or SF!

Crusader75's picture

I'm fine with any American city, as long as the Trumps and Kardashians are in it.

Txpl9421's picture

Stop teasing me.

But if they hit LA, who will hold the concert for the victims afterwards?

land_of_the_few's picture

Garth Brooks, 200ft underground in Denver :D

quadraspleen's picture

I may have an even mini-er one. It's in my nostril. If you annoy me, I will sneeze. You don't want to see what happens then, I can assure you. Don't fuck with me and my miniature nuke, oh no...

fattail's picture

The Norks can miniaturize a Nuke??  That is a false flag waiting to happen.  Let Yellen pull the pin with a couple more rate increases, and a financial meltdown.  A small mushroom cloud will take the financial collapse right off the front pages and have every one screaming for war.

bowie28's picture

And the best part will be watching a new love affair develop between MSM and The Donald as they go into full war propaganda mode and praise our commander in chief for his strong and decisive action to protect us from this terrible threat.  And Trump will be tweeting about how wonderful and patriotic all the formerly "fake news" outlets are once they are singing his praises.

The thing I don't get is why Kim would want to continue publicly escalating this.  Surely he has seen what happened to the previous heads of state who got on the wrong side of this game.  So why give the neocons more ammo by making these ridiculous threats?  And you know Trump is not one to back down when being publicly threatened.  Why not be quiet or say "we are a peaceful country. we don't want any trouble with anyone and just want to be left alone." Still may not stop what is coming but at least it's not adding more fuel to the fire.

 

Thom Paine's picture

The only thing the MIC MSM is in favour of is more war.

land_of_the_few's picture

Miniature norks should be banned.

Gohigher's picture

Miniature warhead ?
Like McStain ?

Of course Japan is singing......The Military Industrial Choir tune.

Re-Elect NOBODY
Fuck the War Pigs

Doom and Dust's picture

Kim Dotbomb won't nuke Asians. He targets only the US because that's the only country threatening him.

He knows the US won't back down with only Asian hostages.

juicy_bananas's picture

Scramble the tranny brigades.  

Prepare your anus.

Dank fur Kopf's picture

Does everyone understand what's going on?

North Korea didn't just crunch 60 years of technology to come up with a miniturized nuclear weapon. They didn't just jump two generations of ICBM in a matter of months (something that took the US and Russia decades).

China understands that the strategy is to encircle and contain it. As a response to the deployment of US missiles to counter 'North Korea' China makes North Korea a real threat. If the neocons want to use North Korea as a proxy war against China, then China intends to make the cost huge.

Can safely bet that North Korea has fairly modern anti-air and anti-ship missiles, and radar required to use them.

yogibear's picture

China is helping Korea.

North Korea is totally dependent on China.

It's intentions are to divert the US away from trade sanctions.

Whenever there are trade questions with China, North Korea starts acting up. For years this has been occuring.

dogismycopilot's picture

I think Bill and Hillary Clinton helped North Korea. 

In exchange, Fat Boy's dad loaned her his tailor.

two hoots's picture

China waits to step up after NK demonstrates their final long range ballistic missile?  Hmmmmm? 

Alfred's picture

Rope a dope. Chinese style...

It's been their North Korean game for decades.

His name was Seth Rich

 

 

Crusader75's picture

Seth faked the moon landing too.

spanish inquisition's picture

I wonder if they bought mini nukes from Israel?

land_of_the_few's picture

With lavishly hand-tooled matching leather briefcase.

yogibear's picture

The main business of the US is war.

The deep state will get rid of any threat to the dollar or it's goal of a globalism.

So countries feel like they have to obtain an advantage.

 

New_Meat's picture

Don't really need a "miniature" device.  Back of a truck will do just fine.

HRClinton's picture

Or a fishing boat or a container on a container ship.

(((Dual Shitizens))) have already planted such devices in select US cities. To be used as Blackmail, Retribution or a False Flag. 

I would not want to live or work within several miles of a downtown of any Top 20 US shities.

Although the Progressives have already done far greater damage than any Nork nuke could.

beijing expat's picture

What? Like the one we saw on DPRK TV last year?

Honestly, our side seems like they are making it up as they go along.

My crotch itches's picture

Someone here is just itching for a war.   Maybe simplistic, but how about this....We tell Kim, ok, you have no strategic or commercial value to us, so now you are South Korea and Japan and China's problem. 

-You want to talk, come to the UN and try to make it a worthwhile institution.

-Pull all 30k troops out of South Korea, close all the bases in Japan and tell them to provide for their own defense but we will help you if you are truly attacked. 

-If Kim threatens us and then tests an ICBM that appears to maybe have the range to hit us, take it out in flight and then destroy whatever launch site it came from (I think they use mobile ones, but doubt they have many).

-If he then says he is going to nuke us, then take him for his word and hit surgical strikes on any known nuke facilites.  When done, ask him if he wants another or see if the reckless rhetoric tones down.  Then, leave him and the pennisula alone. 

 

HowdyDoody's picture

Trouble is NK has ~$5 trillion in untouched mineral resources. (((The Boyz))) ain't gonna leave that for someone else to plunder.