1. Threat or Not?

    Pentagon Responds to DIA Report

    In this Sunday, March 31, 2013 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed in Tokyo Monday, April 1, 2013 by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives a speech during a plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. After weeks of war-like rhetoric, North Korean leader Kim gathered legislators Monday for an annual spring parliamentary session taking place one day after top party officials adopted a statement declaring building nuclear weapons and the economy the nation's top priorities. (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION

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    Well now we're just confused. Despite a classified report from the Defense Intelligence Agency that assessed that North Korea "has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles," the Pentagon said on Thursday that it would be "inaccurate" to suggest that the country has proven its nuclear missile ability. "To suggest that the North Korean regime has fully tested, developed, or demonstrated the kinds of nuclear capabilities referenced in the passage," a Pentagon spokesman said. South Korean authorities also said Thursday night they don't believe North Korea is miniaturizing a nuclear warhead, saying their enemy has conducted three nuclear tests but that there is "doubt whether they are at the stage where they can miniaturize it to mount on a missile." We feel much better?

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