Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Korea lacks technology for anti-US nuclear strike: Pentagon

North Korea is committed to striking the United States with a nuclear-armed missile, but it can't do so without outside help, due to shortfalls in its own technology, the Pentagon said Friday.
The report to Congress was written prior to a fourth nuclear test conducted by Pyongyang last month and the launch of a satellite-bearing rocket earlier this month.North Korea's KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile "likely would be capable" of striking the continental US if successfully designed and developed, said the report.However, North Korea has not been able to conduct flight tests on the highly complex system, and its "current reliability as a weapon system would be low.""The pace of its progress will also depend, in part, on how much technology and other aid it can acquire from other countries," it said. more