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Intel Report: North Korea Nuke Program a 'Serious Threat'

By    |   Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 06:37 PM

A declassified intelligence report claims North Korea has plans to develop a quiver of nuclear weapons and "poses a serious threat" to the United States and other countries.

The document states that North Korea is pressing forward with its nuclear program despite repeated western attempts to stop it.

"North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs pose a serious threat to the United States and to the security environment in East Asia," reads the document, cited by The Hill.

"North Korea's export of ballistic missiles and associated materials to several countries, including Iran and Syria, and its assistance to Syria's construction of a nuclear reactor, destroyed in 2007, illustrate its willingness to proliferate dangerous technologies."

The document — the U.S. government's "Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community" — was sent to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The growing concern over North Korea, which has been seemingly placed on the back burner in recent months as the U.S. tries to hammer out a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, seems to be getting worse.

Led by President Kim Jong Un, North Korea is "committed" to manufacturing a missile armed with a nuclear warhead, the report states.

"Pyongyang is committed to developing a long-range, nuclear-armed missile that is capable of posing a direct threat to the United States and has publicly displayed its KN08 road-mobile ICBM twice," the report asserts. "We assess that North Korea has already taken initial steps toward fielding this system, although the system has not been flight-tested.

"Because of deficiencies in their conventional military forces, North Korean leaders are focused on developing missile and WMD capabilities, particularly building nuclear weapons."

In another section of the report, the U.S. accuses Kim of using "provocative and threatening behavior" while calling out the cyber attack on Sony last fall.

"Despite renewed efforts at diplomatic outreach, Kim continues to challenge the international community with provocative and threatening behavior in pursuit of his goals, as prominently demonstrated in the November 2014 cyber attack on Sony," the report reads.

In another recent report, meanwhile, experts claimed North Korea could be armed with as many as 100 nuclear weapons by 2020.

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