January 06, 2016

U.S. Analysis Indicates North Korea Test Wasn’t Hydrogen Bomb

Featuring Elizabeth Rosenberg

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalists Jay Solomon, Damian Paletta

U.S. and allied officials challenged North Korea’s claim of thermonuclear success, but voiced concern Wednesday that the secluded nation is gradually mastering the technology of miniaturizing nuclear warheads, allowing them to be launched on trans-Pacific missiles.

Pyongyang’s announcement that it had detonated a hydrogen bomb, although dubious, also spurred concern about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in Asia and the Middle East.

By advancing its warhead technology while refining its missiles, Pyongyang could eventually threaten the U.S. mainland and American allies South Korea and Japan. Pentagon officials had said last year that North Korea likely had the capability to miniaturize a nuclear weapon.

Read the full article in the Wall Street Journal.

  • Elizabeth Rosenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Elizabeth Rosenberg is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. In this capacity, she publishes an...