Trump’s defense secretary plans to visit Japan and South Korea next week and shared concerns about North Korea` s threat.
North Korea is close to test launching an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).
“We are in the final stages of test-launching the intercontinental ballistic missile,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has recently said in a 30-minute televised New Year’s speech.
The state media has said a launch could come at any time.
A report by leading U.S.-based nuclear expert Siegfried Hecker published by 38 North last September estimated North Korea had stockpiles of 32 to 54 kg (70 to 119 pounds) of plutonium, enough for 6 to 8 bombs, and had the capacity to produce 6 kg, or approximately one bomb’s worth, per year.
North Korea also produces highly enriched uranium for atomic bombs and would have sufficient fissile material for approximately 20 bombs by the end of last year, and the capacity to produce seven more a year, that report said, according to (Reuters).