Pentagon: N. Korea could launch nuclear missile

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A North Korean soldier looks at the southern side through a pair of binoculars at the border village of the Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, on March 19, 2013. (Lee Jin-man/AP)
A North Korean soldier looks at the southern side through a pair of binoculars at the border village of the Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, on March 19, 2013. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

Pentagon: N. Korea could launch nuclear missile

by: Robert Burns | .
The Associated Press | .
published: April 12, 2013

WASHINGTON -- A new Pentagon report says North Korea probably has nuclear weapons that can be launched by ballistic missile, although it says the weapons are not very reliable.

The assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency was revealed Thursday by Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Republican, at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. Lamborn read what he said was an unclassified section of a classified report. A congressional official said the report was done in March.

It says the DIA "assesses with moderate confidence" that North Korea "currently has nuclear weapons" that can be delivered by ballistic missiles. It adds that DIA believes the weapons are of low reliability, meaning they might not work properly. The unclassified portion did not mention the striking range of such a weapon.