General Dunford: North Korea is just “a matter of a very short time” away from reaching nuclear capability

While testifying at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today (Tuesday), US General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that North Korea is America's greatest threat and is very close to having nuclear capability and that the US needed to behave accordingly.
General Joseph Dunford testifying at the Senate Committee hearing, today Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

US General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States and chief military adviser to US President Donald Trump, warned Tuesday that North Korea poses the greatest threat to the US and world security and is just “a matter of a very short time” away from reaching nuclear capability.

According to Dunford who testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington today (Tuesday), Pyongyang is on track to acquire the technological capability for five intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) with nuclear warheads, all for ensuring Kim Jong-un remain in power.

Over a month ago, a secret US intelligence report revealed that Pyongyang had successfully produced miniaturized nuclear warheads that could be loaded onto its missiles.

Dunford went on to warn that although the advanced technology was under development and would soon be complete, it did no change how the US would deal with the Korean crisis. He also added that a ground operation in North Korea would have to be backed by the support of the American people and Congress.

As reported earlier today by JOL, after American B-1B bombers flew near eastern North Korean this weekend, Pyongyang began to reinforce its defenses along its east coast, transferring fighter jets to the area.

US B-1B bombers flying near North Korea Photo Credit: US Air Force/Channel 2 News

Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi said that the escalating rhetoric between the US and North Korea is "too dangerous," adding that the situation can only be resolved through negotiations regarding Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

Earlier in the day, North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho slammed the United States in a conversation with reporters in New York: “Since the United States declared war on our country," he said, "we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.”

Jieyi responded to the remarks made by North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho: "We want things to calm down. It’s getting too dangerous and it’s in nobody’s interest."

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