N. Korea claims ability to miniaturize nuclear weapons

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(CNN)–North Korea said Wednesday that it has the ability to miniaturize nuclear weapons, a key step in order to fit them atop missiles.

“We have had the capability of miniaturizing nuclear warheads, as well as producing multiform weapons, for some time,” the North Korean military said in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

“We can also guarantee the accuracy not only of short-to-mid-range but also long-range rocket launches, for which we have had the technology for a long time,” it said.

Pyongyang’s claim appeared to tally with some recent assessments from senior U.S. military officials.

U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of U.S. forces in Korea, said in October that he thought North Korea was capable of miniaturizing a nuclear device.

And Adm. Bill Gortney, the commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command, told reporters last month that the U.S. military believed that Pyongyang could put a nuclear weapon on a road-mobile missile and “shoot it at the (U.S.) homeland.”

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