10 Oct 2017 14:26

N. Korea working on nuclear warheads for mid-range and intercontinental missiles - expert

PARIS. Oct 10 (Interfax-AVN) - North Korea is trying to create nuclear warheads for its ballistic missiles, former Chief of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces' General Staff Col. Gen. Viktor Yesin said on the sidelines of the 10th conference of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe.

"Apparently, they are seeking [to create a miniature missile warhead]. In the future, a nuclear warhead of this kind will be mounted on the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile and, eventually, on the Hwasong-14 missile," Yesin said, replying to an Interfax-AVN question.

"They have proven that the latter missile has an intercontinental range," Yesin said.

"North Korea has acquired the technology to build a nuclear warhead with a supposed mass of roughly 1,000 kilograms," Yesin said.

"The solid nuclear warhead, similar to what we and the Americans had in the beginning, or, to be more precise, the single warhead, may already be installed in Hwasong-7 or Nodong-1 missiles," he said.

"There is no information regarding the payload capacity of the prospective longer-range missiles they are currently testing," Yesin said.