N.Korea may possess nuclear weapons for war use
NHK -- Sep 11
Japan's defense minister says North Korea has sufficient capabilities to be recognized as a nuclear power.

During an appearance on an NHK TV program on Sunday, Itsunori Onodera said the North's 6th nuclear test on September 3rd may have been of a hydrogen bomb with an estimated explosive yield of 160 kilotons of TNT. He said that would prove the country's technology is steadily improving.

He called the North's current capability a major threat, and said what it wants to acquire next is an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Onodera said that if the North's ultimate goal is to make a nuclear warhead that can reach the mainland United States, its next step could be a test launch of an ICBM.

He said Japan's Self-Defense Forces have been on the alert around the clock, as the missile is likely to be launched over Japan.

News source: NHK
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