Earlier this week Jeffrey Choi wrote on this blog that:

North Korea's missile and nuclear technologies appear more advanced and sophisticated than previously thought and it is more common now to acknowledge North Korea as the world's ninth nuclear power.

It seems Jeffery might be on to something. Today we read in the NY Times:

A new assessment by the Pentagon’s intelligence arm has concluded for the first time, with “moderate confidence,” that North Korea has learned how to make a nuclear weapon small enough to be delivered by a ballistic missile.

The White House and Pentagon have both dissented from that DIA assessment, though a South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman is quoted as saying 'we have doubt that North Korea has reached the stage of miniaturization.'

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