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North Korea Missile Freeze Halted ICBM Development: Selva

North Korea’s missile-test pause has stopped Kim Jong Un from advancing to the last stages of ICBM development, Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says at a breakfast in Washington.

  • “Our assessment” is that North Korea has not yet closed the “last two pieces” of necessary ICBM technology, Selva says
  • Pause “has had an impact” of delaying final technical achievement needed, but “we don’t know what impact” pause has had on Kim’s “decision calculus” or “logic” as to whether to fire an even incomplete missile: Selva
    • “We have to assume he might shoot one” even with incomplete technologies, Selva says
  • “We have not seen a demonstration of a reliable reentry vehicle and we’ve not seen a demonstration of a reliable warning, firing and fusing system” necessary for a viable weapon: Selva
  • U.S. remains ready to intercept any ICBM missile, he says
  • If an ICBM was fired at the U.S., “we might actually make the choice not to shoot”; “based on what we know about the system and its trajectory,” U.S. may realize it’s not going to hit anything
  • Earlier, Jan. 30: N.Korea Hasn’t Yet Demonstrated Reliable ICBM: No.2 DOD Official
    (Updates with additional Selva comments, starting with first bullet)

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