North Korea will soon be able to strike the United States with a nuclear weapon even though, at this point, Pyongyang still has not proven that its ballistic missiles can hit its big enemy, US officials said.
In an interview with the BBC, CIA director Mike Pompeo said the US intelligence understands “now quite clearly the capabilities of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un”.
“We think he (North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un) will be able to hit the United States with a nuclear weapon in a few months,” he warned, adding that North Korea was fast approaching the level where it could deploy an operational intercontinental ballistic missile.
The North Korean regime last year fired several ICBM missiles with sufficient range to hit the US territory and conducted in September its most powerful nuclear test to date.
Although Pyongyang has established that the United States is within range of its ICBMs, it has not demonstrated that their targeting system, for example, can withstand the flight conditions of a ballistic system, explained for his part General Paul Selva, vice-chief of staff inter-armed.
“There have been advances, but it is true that they have not shown all the components of an intercontinental ballistic missile system,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
A crucial question remains unresolved: does North Korea have the technology that allows a missile to enter the atmosphere from space before releasing a warhead?
“It is possible that he (the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, Editor’s note) has it, so it must be assumed that this is the case, but he has not proved it”, commented General Paul Selva.
According to him, North Korea has also become expert at camouflaging its missiles. It has developed new techniques to get them to their launch pad, so that the United States and its allies do not discover the existence of these missiles until 12 minutes before launch. Previously, this prediction could take place up to an hour before firing the missile.