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Now back here at home where the administration is trying to get used to disregard what its own intelligence says.
About just how dangerous north care North Korea may be here's chief White House correspondent Ed Henry -- As President Obama and his national security team braced for a possible nuclear test by North Korea this weekend.
White House officials today were scrambling to reassure the American public they do not believe Kim Jung on.
Has nuclear weapons that are ready for use it is our assessment that North Korea has not demonstrated the capability to.
Deploy nuclear -- missile.
That came after a shocking exchange late Thursday at a congressional hearing when Republican congressman Doug -- board.
Questioned the joint chiefs chairman general Martin Dempsey about part of -- Defense Intelligence Agency assessment and.
Quoting from the unclassified.
Portion which I believe has not yet been made public.
-- they say quote DIA assesses with moderate confidence.
The north currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles.
However the reliability.
Will be low.
General -- do you would you agree with that assessment by DIA.
You know congress and with the number of caveats you put on the front end of this I'm not gonna I can't touch that because I'm not sure now.
That hasn't been released some of its class size and that's our question -- level.
Board's declaration that the US government believes North Korea already has nuclear weapons immediately set off alarm bells it turns out there was confusion about what was on classified.
So James clapper the Director of National Intelligence had to do some quick damage control declaring in a statement quote.
North Korea has not yet demonstrated the full range of capabilities necessary for nuclear armed a missile.
As the White House is ramped up missile defenses and made other moves to protect against a possible attack of some sort by North Korea.
Some Republican critics are charging the administration is not paying nearly enough attention to Iran.
North Korea is clearly a problem.
But Iran is the immediate threat.
And it's kind of like you know if your house is on fire and you call 911 you want the firemen to come to your house and surrounded not go to your neighbor's house and wait for it to burn down.
Although White House officials note it was at the top of the president's agenda on his trip to Israel last month I would simply say that we have not taken any focus off of Iran.
-- yesterday Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel suggested that Iran and North Korea are pretty equal threat he said neither has nuclear weapons yet but both are trying and could succeed which is -- hagel said this is a very dangerous situation.
Brett and had a lot north lawn Ed thank you.
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