A new report says the Defense Intelligence Agency has known since 2013 that North Korea was capable of miniaturizing nuclear weapons to be placed on missile warheads, according to Fox News.The Washington Post failed to disclose on Tuesday that the Obama administration was aware of this information and attempted to downplay it.
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During an April 11, 2013, House Armed Services Committee hearing, Congressman Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., inadvertently revealed several unclassified sentences from a DIA report that said DIA had determined with “moderate confidence” that North Korea has the capability to make a nuclear weapon small enough to be launched with a ballistic missile.The Director of National Intelligence and Obama officials subsequently tried to dismiss Lamborn’s disclosure by claiming the DIA assessment was an outlier that did not reflect the views of the rest of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
In other words, the Obama administration found themselves in a bind over the fact that the DIA’s report threatened President Obama’s “strategic patience” policy.
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Obama officials tried to downplay the DIA assessment to prevent it from being used to force the president to employ a more assertive North Korea policy.