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DNI Statement on North Korea's Nuclear Capability

Thursday, April 11, 2013

In today’s House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Department of Defense budget, a member of the committee read an unclassified passage in a classified report on North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.  I concur with the earlier Department of Defense statement that “it would be inaccurate to suggest that the North Korean regime has fully developed and tested the kinds of nuclear weapons referenced in the passage."  I would add that the statement read by the Member is not an Intelligence Community assessment.  Moreover, North Korea has not yet demonstrated the full range of capabilities necessary for a nuclear armed missile. 

James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence

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