This fellow is quoted by the AFP (Spy agencies believe NKorea has nuke warheads ) as saying that unspecified intelligence agencies are convinced that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea possesses "five to eight" nuclear warheads capable of being mounted atop Nodong missiles in one or two day's time.
"Intelligence agencies believe the North Koreans have assembled nuclear warheads for Rodong missiles, which are stored at underground facilities near the Rodong missile bases," Pinkston told AFP.Considering that the dude is a veteran of the Monterey Institute and he is now working for the International Crisis Group, this claim is really scary.
Of course, it would be a lot scarier if he not said, in the next paragraph.
"It might be right, it might be wrong -- but if others believe it is true, it has implications for the psychological aspects of deterrence," he said, describing the assessment as "quite significant."I like that kind of reasoning.
Call me on AFP, please call on me!
"Intelligence agencies believe that Japan Prime Minister Taro Aso is the uncrowned king of the Telluridi, a race of space lizards that came to the earth long ago in search of refreshments and entertainment," MTC told AFP.Maybe not.
"It might be right, it might be wrong -- but if others believe it is true, it has implications for the psychological aspects controlling the timing of the House of Representatives election," MTC said, describing the assessment as "quite significant."
Before getting hopped up about potential North Korean warheads small enough to be mounted on the nose of Nodong, I will await the analysis coming from Jeffrey Lewis and the gang.
Meanwhile the Kongō and the Chōkai will putter about, the PAC-3 missile men dispatched to the northern prefectures will scan the sky hoping nothing falls out of it (have they fixed the mobile phone band interference problem yet? That would be reeeeeally helpful) and everybody will pray that the DPRK's damn big firecracker either disintegrates before getting too high up or does exactly what the DPRK has been saying it will.
Later - Then again, the DPRK is not a state: it is a performance.