North Korea has developed advanced nuclear weapons that can be delivered with its ballistic missile forces, a startling fact that the White House has worked to downplay, according to a report from former Pentagon strategic analyst Mark Schneider.
The report, which was published in the journal Comparative Strategy, said that the nuclear warheads could be used to strike Hawaii, Alaska and parts of the West Coast.
The Defense Intelligence Agency confirmed in a separate assessment in 2013 that the “North [Korean government] currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles,” according to Schneider’s 16-page report.
“This is disturbing news,” Schneider wrote. “The North Korean regime is one of the most fanatic, paranoid, and militaristic dictatorships on the planet. … While North Korea has long made occasional nuclear attack threats, the scope, magnitude, and frequency of these threats have vastly increased in 2013.”
The details of Schneider’s report, titled “The North Korean Nuclear Threat to the United States,” come at a time when North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, has issued various statements threatening to attack the United States.
Schneider reported that the Obama administration has worked to downplay the details of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities because it undermines the White House’s diplomatic efforts to block the country from obtaining such weapons.
Part of the White House’s effort to conceal the details of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities has been to assure the public that the North’s warheads are either extremely limited in their range or untested, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
However, according to Schneider, the North’s capabilities have advanced greatly with the help Chinese-provided technology and could be used to strike almost anywhere in the U.S.
Full article: North Korea Nuke Threat Is Much Worse Than White House Admits: Report (The Blaze)