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Apr 11, 2013 3:08 PM by Matt Stafford

Pentagon: NKorea could launch nuclear missile

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new Pentagon report says North Korea probably has nuclear weapons that can be launched by ballistic missile, although it says the weapons are not very reliable.

The assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency was revealed Thursday by Colorado republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. Lamborn read what he said was an unclassified section of a classified report. A congressional official said the report was done in March.

It says the DIA "assesses with moderate confidence" that North Korea "currently has nuclear weapons" that can be delivered by ballistic missiles. It adds that DIA believes the weapons are of low reliability, meaning they might not work properly. The unclassified portion did not mention the striking range of such a weapon.

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