Although it has yet to become the formal consensus of the U.S. Government, intelligence analysts are now claiming that Kim Jong-un’s North Korean regime seems to have successfully miniaturized their nuclear warheads, an important, and potentially final, step in making their long-range ballistic missiles into global strike nuclear weapons.

Throughout this year’s rash of North Korean ballistic missile tests, U.S. intelligence and defense experts have taken solace in the uncertainty that Kim’s regime could even be capable of mounting a nuclear weapon on any of the increasingly capable missile platforms being tested.  While it has been confirmed for some time that North Korea possessed the technology necessary to create a nuclear weapon, the technological challenge of miniaturizing that weapon into a package small enough for missile delivery is a significant leap.

A report produced by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, coupled with a new Pentagon intelligence assessment, not only claims the reclusive Asian state has the capability to mount nuclear weapons on their missiles, but also indicated a dramatic increase in the number of warheads believed to be in Kim’s possession.  Until recently, Kim’s nuclear arsenal was projected to be 10-20 warheads, but new intelligence indicates he may already possess as many as 60.

“The IC [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” the Washington Post reports the DIA assessment reads.  SOFREP was not able to independently corroborate their claims.