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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bowie28's picture

Do you have a source for this?  Not disputing as I have no idea but it seems China would already be in there harvesting if there was something worth taking.

HRClinton's picture

Your solution is far too rational and reasonable, to satisfy the imperial (((Globalists))).

These (((people))) know only conquest or death.

Anyone who thinks or hopes for anything else is uninformed, naive, delusional or retarded.

two hoots's picture

"May be" in possession....well.....release McCain and the MICs, how much evidence do you really need?

A burst from a miniature or tactical nuke just might be the sad necessary ticket to open the eyes of modern day people to help them understand and protest the threat mankind actually faces?  Would have more impact if it killed a few whales and polluted fishing grounds in the middle of the sea.   Might be a test of naval survival if near a fleet?  Otherwise we are going to have this threat forever.  Let's go ahead and show the insanity of man when given the power of nukes, a dangerous cocktail. 

 

divingengineer's picture

I'll have my Insanity with a shot of Hubris please.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Kid Rock will be here soon.  Good luck everyone. 

knotjammin2's picture

Kid Rock can't be any worse than John McCain. 

 

 

 

besnook's picture

lol. iran has nukes threatening the usa and the rest of the world, too.......and so does whoever else the usa wants to bomb for not using the dollar. i think the sauds will have nukes, too, the day they accept yuan for oil.

Catullus's picture

They're guilty of torturing the subjunctive.

besnook's picture

it's a buddhist thing. the past is present. the present is past.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

for those public school grads>> the Korean war NEVER ended..

the armistice is however only a cease-fire between military forces, rather than an agreement between governments.[30] No peace treaty was signed which means that the Korean War has not officially ended.

Blanco Diablo's picture

Just imagine what would have happened if the NWO troops would have left. Unification would have happened and peace and prosperity would have reingned.

land_of_the_few's picture

Peace will not be permitted to break out.

Kim will not be allowed to give up his nukes in return for no aggression from the West.

Winston Churchill's picture

That UN armistice forbade any party deploying new weapons in either Korea.

The US broke it in 1958 by deploying nukes in SK.

Why would the Norks trust anything the US said ?

Minuturizing is easy,once you have the fissile material, as is the next step,H bombs.

Its probably the latter thats really scaring everybody.

cherry picker's picture

Time to take uncle Sam and stick the perverted and violent old fart in a mental institution with bars on the windows and doors.  his day has come and gone.

quadraspleen's picture

will we get Bibi and a shit picture drawn by a two year-old at the UN?

No shit hand-drawn picture; it didn't happen...

Blanco Diablo's picture

I love the agitprop from the TEPCO guys that have destroyed the Pacific and the Northern Hemishpere.

Radiation is good for U.!

"I repeat, there was and will *not* be any significant release of radioactivity from the damaged Japanese reactors," wrote Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Dr. Joseph Oehmen on March 13, 2011

. "By 'significant' I mean a level of radiation of more than what you would receive on -- say -- a long distance flight, or drinking a glass of beer that comes from certain areas with high levels of natural background radiation." :Dr. Joseph Oehmen paid Nuclear shill

NoWayJose's picture

It would be great for the Jap economy to be 'hosts' for a global war effort in Korea!

Blanco Diablo's picture

I think the Japs still have a debt due for the rape of Nanking, and other Jap atrocitys.

knotjammin2's picture

Every time I start to feel sorry for the Japanese I go look at photos af the atrosities that occured in Nanking...which leads me to photos of Wounded Knee and the images of the women and children slaughtered by the US government.  I guess the US also has a debt due. 

Crusader75's picture

That was more than 70 years ago. Check out the more recent American atrocities in Southeast Asia -- five million dead -- and Iraq -- one million dead.

joey stalin's picture

That doesn't in any way let the Japs off the hook for their massive atrocities during ww2, for which they were not really punished.  The little creeps continue to deny any responsibility. The vicious Japs looted all of East Asia, plundering trillions of dollars in booty, the same booty which helped to pay for their economic 'miracle' and has made the top Jap families incredibly wealthy.  The Rape of Nanking was cover for the Japs looting of China's national treasury(Nanking was the capital of China in 1937) Same with Fukushima--I haven't heard any apologies from the Japs for polluting the entire planet with radioactivity, just denial.

madashellron's picture

Yea but the US dropping two atomic bombs on population centers in Japan. Is no big deal in your book right? 

joey stalin's picture

Yeah, the Jap war strategy was to threaten to commit mass suicide if the US continued to bomb them.  By the way, the firebombing of Tokyo in May 1945 killed more Japs than the two nukes did.

joey stalin's picture

Talk to any Jap and all they do is defend Japan.  They're all hopeless and more brainwashed than North Koreans.  Their media is government controlled and has been pushing a HATE CHINA campaign for the past decade or so--only negative reporting about China.  Their political system is a one-party state dictatorship.  The 'democratic' political facade is only for foreign consumption.

Kaeako's picture

Death and destruction are always great for prosperity. Doesn't even matter if you're on the losing side! The northern hemisphere needs to kick-start their declining demographics and economies. This great prosperity effect even goes back hundreds of years. Back on the eve of the Thirty years war the German states were the sick man of Europe - after losing only a third or so of their population and having at least half of their settlements razed to the ground the German economy bounced back like never before! This is exactly what the world needs right now.

NoWayJose's picture

Queue the "But those high radiation levels across the whole Pacific must be due to the miniature North Korean nuke going off"

junkyard dog's picture

I am sure they do have a miniture nuclear weopon. It came with dumbo's new lego blocks. It sits on top of the little rocket he built with the blocks.

Blanco Diablo's picture

It is called the "Bibi" Blaster.

Blanco Diablo's picture

When the Japs come clean about TEPCO, then I will worry about "LIL KIM".

 

"I repeat, there was and will *not* be any significant release of radioactivity from the damaged Japanese reactors," wrote Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Dr. Joseph Oehmen on March 13. "By 'significant' I mean a level of radiation of more than what you would receive on -- say -- a long distance flight, or drinking a glass of beer that comes from certain areas with high levels of natural background radiation.

SybilDefense's picture

I'm waiting for Newsweek to see if its true.

A. Boaty's picture

This movie looks totally boring. Wake me when the shooting starts.

Anteater's picture

' Kim Has The Bmob 2 -- Miniatures' playing in limited

distribution along with Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth 2'.

Both movies are rated 13% on Rotten Tomatoes.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

china needs kim - if kim & military leadership hits 1000 degrees centigrade- china suddenly looks like that old paper tiger..

better china takes kim outta power, or else they will look like what they are: weak and unable to protect allies..

Stef1304's picture

If that's true, wonder why the USA are still bullying that (very) small military State ? 

This is not really making sense. 

The other way around, the USA could also have adressed the issue with that other small military state with nuclear power ?

I mean Israel.

The last time, it happened (as far as i know), it was with JFK 

https://www.sott.net/article/269311-JFK-told-Israel-If-you-want-US-aid-s...

archie bird's picture

F the Japs and anything they say. All this means is they're on board for US/NKorean war.  Their govt and GE/Tepco execs should all be tried at The Hague for crimes against humanity for poisoning the ENTIRE PACIFIC ocean. Im glad they NUKED themselves with Fukushima. Just means stupid people are gonna die, too bad they poisoned the world with their dumb shit.

 

shankster's picture

Both Iran and China have close ties to NK. North Korea is not going this alone.

shankster's picture

See the book by William R. Forstchen, "One Second After"

HANGEMHIGHER's picture

It's the yellow cake I tell ya, the yellow cake.

gunzeon's picture

Sure as shit must irritate the Americans; not knowing for sure how well kitted out the Norks are thanks to the Chinese or Russians, not knowing what kind of reception they'll get when they arrive to "liberate" them ... and not being able to fully stand on China's neck must bug them immensely

Jambo Mambo Bill's picture

So what ! Get over it !

Japan mind your own business and sort freaking Fukushima

US mind your own business, you are bankrupt

EU mind your own business, go sort the migrant crisis that is truly an invasion... 

Txpl9421's picture

But seriously folks, Kim went to school in the west.  Undoubtedly he understands the culture.  He also knows that he can push the US around pretty much all he wants.

There is no benefit for him starting shit with the US.  There is a lot of benefit for threatening to start shit with the US.  He will get all of the Johnny Walker he can drink.  He will stay in power. And in a few years he will sell his nukes to Iran (or is it vice versa?)

Thom Paine's picture

To fuck up the Northern Hemisphere all North Korea needs to do is bomb the heck out of Fukushima.

bogbeagle's picture

Americans dare not act until they know the location of every last Nork submarine ... and are confident that it can be sunk to order.

 

Even then ... victory is not assured.

Thom Paine's picture

NK has a ton of artillery on the SK border, apparently well protected/hard to get at.

Any attack on NK will see that artillery make a mess of Seoul, and other cities near the NK border.

Can the US then appologise for trashing Seoul, and the many lives lost. 

Thats the problem the US has in any thought of an attack, it is very easy for NK to cause unacceptable costs.

It would be interesting to then see many thousands of NK troops in Seoul.

Anteater's picture

Diesel electric cannot cross the vast Pacific,

can't evade our sonar network, and our subs.

DPRK doesn't have nukes or sub-launched

missiles. They've tried -- but they either failed

or the missile disintegrated shortly afterwards.

In conclusion, you're more likely to have sex with 

Daenerys Targaryen, than for Kim's subs

to reach the US.

FSFT's picture

Cross the DMZ and start getting bizzy

-FSFT

 

Bay Area Guy's picture

This whole NK nuke hysteria seems to be taken directly from Netanyahu's playbook regarding Iran.  Netanyahu has accused Iran of being six months away from deploying a nuke for the last ten years.