North Korea may be capable of launching a nuclear missile in 2018, South Korea says



North Korea may be able to pair a nuclear warhead with a long-range ballistic missile sometime next year, a top South Korean minister said during an unusually candid assessment of Pyongyang's weapons programs.
Authorities in Seoul believe North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will push to achieve that goal in time for next September's 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as North Korea is officially known, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said Tuesday at a news conference.
"They have been developing their nuclear capabilities faster than expected," Cho said. "We cannot rule out the possibility of North Korea declaring the completion of their nuclear program next year."