N. Korea may be making small nuclear warhead


SEOUL, South Korea — A top South Korean military officer said Wednesday that he believes North Korea is trying to develop a nuclear warhead that is small enough to be carried by its missiles. North Korea is believed to have enough plutonium to produce about half a dozen bombs, but it is not believed to have mastered the technology needed to fit a nuclear weapon on a missile. Gen. Kim Tae-young, chairman of South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a parliamentary committee that he believes “North Korea has been pushing to develop a small warhead to be mounted on a missile,” according to the general’s office.

Kim said it was not clear whether the North had already manufactured such a warhead.