Obama administration officials scrambled to downplay the errant disclosure of a classified portion of an intelligence report finding that North Korea has advanced its nuclear knowledge to the point that it could arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead.
The analysis, disclosed Thursday at a hearing on Capitol Hill, says the Pentagon's intelligence wing has "moderate confidence" that North Korea has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles but that the weapon was unreliable.
The revelation was significant, because it has not been previously reported or believed that the country had the ability to miniaturize and deliver a nuclear weapon.
But top U.S. officials repeatedly stressed that the finding does not mean North Korea has the capabilities to launch a nuclear missile with any reliability at this point.
"It is inaccurate to suggest that the (North Korea) has the capability articulated in that report -- they have a missile but that is very different than having the militarization, nuclearization, etcetera," Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday, after landing in South Korea as part of a tour of Asian countries. Highlighting is mine.
Obama has stated over the last couple weeks that the U.S. will tolerate a nuclear armed DPRK, and now we find out that they've had this capability for a significant period of time. This means the Obama administration has been bullshitting the American for an unknown period of time. Not only that, but unless Obama takes out the Nork's nuclear capability (not gonna happen) it will show the world the U.S. is all bark, no bite. Then we have the piece of bull from John Kerry (second bolded section), the mere fact that they have a missile should be grounds for glassing their ballistic missile and nuclear facilities. This is not good, that whole peninsula is a bomb about to go off.