The already advanced timeline to address North Korea’s weapons capability is now even shorter.
North Korea is achieving weapons technology faster than previous estimates as the US intensifies its international campaign to counter Kim Jong-un’s regime.
According to an assessment of the Defense Intelligence Agency, North Korea now has a nuclear warhead small enough to fit in a missile.
The news prompted President Trump, speaking at an event on opioid addiction, to mirror recent North Korean rhetoric.
“He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with the fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Asia, already pressing allies and adversaries to enforce sanctions against North Korea, isolate it and constrict its resources.
Analysts claim North Korea’s recent missile launches show it’s missiles can reach the Unilted States. The regime would still need to successfully mount a nuclear warhead to an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) and demonstrate it could hit a target.
The United Nations Security Council has approved stricter sanctions against North Korea. China joined more than a dozen nations in unanimously voting for the additional measures.
“I think China feels this,” said Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. “I mean when I talk to the Chinese ambassador, when the missile test took off, they felt it in China. It was so close to their border and the ground shook.”
China has failed to fully enforce previous sanctions. It accounts for 90% of Norkt Korea’s trade, thoug the administration sees China slowly shifting to address its aggression while the U.S. argues North Korea’s behavior is also a threat to China’s economic plans and prosperity.
In response to the latest round of U.N. Security Council Sanctions, North Korea says of the U.S. and its allies that they are “packs of wolves coming in attack to strangle a nation and that physical action will be taken mercilessly with the mobilization of all its national strength.”