Obama Found Out About North Korea's Mini Nukes in 2013
By Julio Rosas
August 12, 2017
People were in a frenzy after the Washington Post reported Tuesday on how the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) had determined North Korea is now capable of arming nuclear warheads onto intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). This means North Korea has the capability to hit large portions of the United States with nuclear weapons.
However, Fred Fleitz of the Center for Security Policy wrote in an op-ed for FoxNews.com on Thursday that the Washington Post omitted several details in its report, one of which was that the DIA had actually reached this conclusion in 2013:
During an April 11, 2013, House Armed Services Committee hearing, Congressman Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., inadvertently revealed several unclassified sentences from a DIA report that said DIA had determined with “moderate confidence” that North Korea has the capability to make a nuclear weapon small enough to be launched with a ballistic missile.
Another was how the Obama administration tried to downplay the 2013 report:
The Director of National Intelligence and Obama officials subsequently tried to dismiss Lamborn's disclosure by claiming the DIA assessment was an outlier that did not reflect the views of the rest of the U.S. Intelligence Community. [...]