In what could potentially become a monumental roadblock in US-North Korea nuclear talks, despite all recent good-will expressed between Kim and Trump through exchange of “beautiful” letters, a major annual Japanese defense review seen by Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper will say for the first time that Pyongyang likely already possesses warheads in the form of miniaturized nuclear weapons.
“It seems that miniaturization and warheads have already been realized,” Japan’s annual defense white paper — set to be approved in by mid-September — will say based on a draft copy seen by Yomiuri, among the country’s largest national newspapers (according a rush translation of the breaking story) …
While the previous year’s white paper also indicated it was possible that North Korea had achieved miniaturization of nuclear warheads, this year’s apparently will say it more definitively as a likely achieved fact.
And like prior years, the annual review lists North Korea ’s military technological development as remaining a “serious and imminent threat”.
It must be remembered that starting years ago, North Korea began publishing images of purported ‘miniaturized’ nukes, though little could be confirmed at the time.