Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., provided an “inaccurate” view of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program during a congressional hearing today, according to a Pentagon spokesman.
“In today’s House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Department of Defense budget, a member of the committee read an unclassified passage in a classified report on North Korea’s nuclear capabilities,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement this evening. “While I cannot speak to all the details of a report that is classified in its entirety, it would be inaccurate to suggest that the North Korean regime has fully tested, developed, or demonstrated the kinds of nuclear capabilities referenced in the passage. The United States continues to closely monitor the North Korean nuclear program and calls upon North Korea to honor its international obligations.”
Lamborn quoted from an unclassified report that has not been released publicly while questioning Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“They say, ‘DIA assess with moderate confidence the North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles. However, the reliability will be low,’” Lamborn said, per Christian Science Monitor. “General, would you agree with that assessment by DIA?”
Dempsey replied, “I can’t touch that one,” citing the classified nature of some of the relevant information.