North Korea may have more than triple the number of nuclear weapons that experts recently estimated, according to a story by The Washington Post.
The new count comes via a July 2017 report created by the US Defense Intelligence Agency. According to the newspaper, which obtained the document, “up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.” It’s a significant disparity compared to the 10 to 20 North Korean weapons the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimated in July.
A separate confidential report obtained by The Post also suggests that the isolated nation — now facing $1 billion of sanctions approved by the UN security council on Saturday — has miniaturized its nuclear warheads to fit on top of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Recent North Korean launch tests, meanwhile, hint that such missiles could reach as far as New York or Washington, DC.