- It is thought North Korea can now mount a nuclear warhead on a missile
- It may not yet be able to get a weapon back through the atmosphere
- A US military source described Kim Jong-un's behaviour as 'very very provocative'
- The Pentagon is continually revising its contingency plans to deal with the possibility of a North Korean strike
By Reuters And Associated Press Reporters and Dave Burke For Mailonline
Published: 17:25 EST, 8 December 2016 | Updated: 21:55 EST, 10 December 20
North Korea is now capable of launching a nuclear weapon, a senior US military official has warned - but it is unclear whether it can hit a target.
The secretive state can mount a nuclear warhead on a missile, the official stated, but may not be able to get the weapon back through the atmosphere without it burning up.
The unnamed official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Pyongyang is trying to overcome this limitation, and branded leader Kim Jong-un's behaviour branded 'very, very provocative'.
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