RISING STAKES

Officials: North Korea Is Making Missile-Ready Nuclear Weapons

North Korea can successfully produce miniaturized nuclear warheads that can be attached to ballistic missiles, according to U.S. intelligence officials, The Washington Post reported Monday. The development marks an important step in the Hermit Kingdom’s ability to become a full-fledged nuclear power. The U.S. calculated that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un now has as many as 60 nuclear weapons, though some independent experts say the number is smaller. Pyongyang’s nuclear program is developing much more rapidly than U.S. officials had initially believed when the country tested its first nuclear detonation more than a decade ago.