Joseph Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund takes a bit of the gloss off the North’s achievement by pointing out:
- It took the US five years to miniaturize a nuclear warhead. No need to panic.
- They don’t have the heavier launch vehicle needed to go the real distance. In other words, they can’t get much off the ground.
- They don’t have re-entry capability.
But: they are in the export business and this is a sales demonstration. He says, “We need to get them back to the negociation table,” and I don’t paraphrase.