US "Confirms" N.Korea Has ICBM-Ready Nuclear Warheads

First thing this morning we reported that according to a 500-page report by the Japanese Defense Ministry, North Korea may now be in possession of a miniature nuclear warhead. That said, the report did not move the market because the Japanese report was largely inconclusive and did not claim with certainty that this is the case.

Now, moments ago, the exact same narrative escalated when the WaPo echoed what Japan said, only it now "confirms" that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, "crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment."

As the WaPo adds, the analysis completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country’s atomic arsenal.

“The IC [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” the assessment states, in an excerpt read to The Washington Post. The assessment’s broad conclusions were verified by two U.S. officials familiar with the document. It is not yet known whether the reclusive regime has successfully tested the smaller design, although North Korean officially last year claimed to have done so.

Of course, another vivid instance of "confirmation" of weapons being present, not nuclear so much as of "mass destruction" is the following.

In any case, the U.S. calculated last month that up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Some independent experts believe the number of bombs is much smaller.

As Jeff Bezos' paper of record adds, the findings are likely to deepen concerns about an evolving North Korean military threat that appears to be advancing far more rapidly than many experts had predicted. The "conclusion" will also accelerate US plans, already in place, to intervene "preemptive" in North Korea, just as the neo-con/warhawks in Washington desire, once again binding Trump in the process.

The WaPo report has certainly impacted the market, well the FX market if not the S&P which just keeps rising as CTAs are buying because other CTAs are buying, and the USDJPY has slumped on the news, revealing the latest divergence between it and the S&P.

Comments

Looney order66 Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:34 Permalink

  All North Korea’s “threats” are threats of retaliation. Just stop threatening THEM, step back, and let them simmer in their own Communist shit-soup. As to the Nukes and ICBMs, those are the Norks’ only chance to avoid the fate of Iraq, Libya, and Syria. Many countries have ICBMs and Nukes, but how many times have they been used against the US? Oh, and enough with that “protect the allies” crap. Japan and South Korea are wealthy enough to protect themselves. If they feel threatened, they should risk their own Blood and Treasure. Looney

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Luc X. Ifer BaBaBouy Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:44 Permalink

So, to deescalate a potentially nuclear conflict TPTB choose to send a retarded kid to negotiate peace ... now that shall be successful 100% ... I mean, successful for the true interests of TPTB who indeed crave for a war with NK for more than 50 years and cooking it slowly since it was known that NK owns one of the largest reserves of rare minerals in the world ...

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Oh regional Indian Luc X. Ifer Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:48 Permalink

All right then everyone, under your desks.... a mini nuke is on it's way.Judaic scientism, fake physics and a whole lot of fake CGI and we have another NASA level hoax at hand, to scare everyone into sub-mission.All those judaic hollyweird movies, selling the message the the nuke is the bogeyman.Nuke weapons are a joke. Nuke power is a fraud.There are radioactive elements.But have you considered how geiger counters work? Think..... 

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PrayingMantis BLOTTO Tue, 08/08/2017 - 14:38 Permalink

... um, just a wild guess, perhaps North Korea is arming themselves against the bully to avoid having this type of scenario >>> "US-led Coalition says 624 civilian casualties from airstrikes in Iraq, Syria" >>> https://www.rt.com/news/398647-us-civilian-casualties-iraq-syria/ ...

... meanwhile, "Documents Confirm The US Already Delivered Lethal Weapons To Ukraine (Exclusive)" >>> http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/08/07/documents-confirm-the-us-alread… ...

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auricle The Cooler King (not verified) Tue, 08/08/2017 - 19:40 Permalink

Trump invades another sovereign country that did not attack us and I'll not be voting for him again. Bad enough that he lied about saying everything is rigged, fake markets, don't believe the unemployment rates and fake GDP. Then when he gets into office he hires goldman sachs the very rats responsible for the fake markets and economy to his economic counsel and claims the markets and economy are awesome because of him. He doesn't have one libertarian in a ranking position. 

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Manthong Oh regional Indian Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:54 Permalink

  “slammed for mentioning that North Korea shares a border with Russia.”  Gosh…. I just got a tingle up my Chris Matthews Obama leg.. up to the strap .,.. actually I keep it smelling great in case some sweetie want to go there…. Yes, they do and they will not be a passive observer or accessory. Um ,,,  maybe a coincidence with some physicist’s cat. 

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Manthong Bay of Pigs Tue, 08/08/2017 - 13:39 Permalink

 
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Maybe the US populace ignorance of geography is purposely administered. In truth, it took me years of post-grad study to get a handle on the breadth and magnitude of the empire’s penetration. .. so how do you spell Congo and South Sudan  ??????

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Manthong slwsnowman40 Tue, 08/08/2017 - 14:12 Permalink

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 ..for the love of the Great Maker… let’s hope they are getting back to reality… ..and the world does not start with their birth and with perverts concepts of what humans are,

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Jani Oh regional Indian Tue, 08/08/2017 - 13:47 Permalink

Spot on ORI.Got a good chuckle by reading this fake news story.Judging from your down votes, most people are so ingrained and have bought the Nuke storyline from A-Z that they can't even consider "what if." Most people agree that we never went to the moon or that a bunch of bad guys with box cutters took down the trade center including building 7.Nuke deniers are hard to find.What if the whole nuke story is a hoax?Here a good place to start your research:http://mileswmathis.com/trinity.pdf 

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logicalman Jani Tue, 08/08/2017 - 21:23 Permalink

Having had Nagasaki, in late August 1945, described to me by someone who was there, I tend to believe nukes work.Both bomb's yeilds were tiny in comparison to what exists now.Hopefully we don't get to settle this argument, based on empirical evidence, any time soon. 

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Shemp 4 Victory Oh regional Indian Tue, 08/08/2017 - 15:56 Permalink

 

But have you considered how geiger counters work? Think.....

A high voltage potential is applied to a tube containing a gas which is normally electrically non-conductive. When a high-energy particle passes through the tube, it creates a momentary electrically conductive ionized path. This completes a circuit in the geiger counter of sufficient duration to register an ionizing event, which is commonly represented as a click in the counter's audio circuitry.What do I win?

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Chupacabra-322 Countrybunkererd Tue, 08/08/2017 - 13:25 Permalink

Ha!

Dear Pentagram, Pure Evil Criminal Psychopaths at the CIA / Deep State,

You expect The American People to believe that North Korea has ICBM Tech that can reach the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC.?

That's the PsyOp you're going with?

Sure. I'll play along.

Kim just had a parade with Fake ICBM parade floats last week. You expect me to believe that between last week & now NK suddenly has ICBM Tech?

What changed?

They don't have the Tech. Never had the Tech. Don't think they'll have the Tech anytime soon either.

China, however, is a different story. They have the MERV, Boost & re entry ICBM Tech the Pure Evil War Criminal Clintons sold them. China is more of a threat to the CIA / MIC Petro Dollar Hedgemony via the "Silk Road." But I digress.

Deep State, you've been exposed for the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths you are.

Whatever trust, loyalty & respect you thought The Amercian People had for the "Intelligence" Community has been Squandered.

And, you have absolutely no one to blame but your Criminal selves.

Tick...tock.....

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Chupacabra-322 Chupacabra-322 Tue, 08/08/2017 - 14:24 Permalink

However, a Caveat.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld served on the board of a Swiss company that in 2000 sold light water nuclear reactors to the government of North Korea, which critics including Pentagon hardliners say could be used to produce nuclear weapons.

Rumsfeld's involvement in the $200 million deal with the Zurich-based engineering company ABB is seen as an embarrassment to the Bush administration, which vehemently opposed the deal during the 2000 presidential campaign, reports the London-based Guardian. One could draw the conclusion that economic and personal interests took precedent over non-proliferation, said Steve LaMontagne of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

The ABB deal was part of the Clinton administration's policy of stabilizing the region by offering North Korea oil and light water reactors in exchange for access by inspectors to the governments atomic facilities. The policy was vehemently opposed by George W. Bush and his foreign policy advisors including Rumsfeld's deputy, Paul Wolfowitz who argued that the light water reactors could produce weapons-grade plutonium.

And despite placing North Korea in its "Axis of Evil," the Bush administration apparently has fewer concerns about ABB?s reactors now that Rummy's running things at the Pentagon. In January, the president authorized $3.5 million to keep the project going.

http://www.utne.com/community/rumsfeldcompanysoldnuclearweaponequipment…

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