war·head | \ ˈwȯr-ˌhed \

Definition of warhead 

: the section of a missile containing the explosive, chemical, or incendiary charge

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At the time, North Korea had begun turning its nuclear fuel into warheads. John Hudson, chicagotribune.com, "'The most watered-down joint statement ... ever': Past presidents extracted more concessions from North Korea, experts say," 12 June 2018 Gordon-Hagerty was referring to a recent recommendation by her agency that Los Alamos each year produce at least 30 plutonium cores — the triggers for nuclear warheads. Washington Post, "New $2.5B contract awarded to manage nuclear weapons lab," 8 June 2018 There’s also speculation that American officials are trying to persuade the North Koreans to export a certain number of its nuclear warheads overseas at an early stage as proof of its commitment to denuclearize. Kim Tong-hyung, BostonGlobe.com, "North Korea’s Kim Jong Un reportedly sends top aide to US for pre-summit talks," 29 May 2018 North Korea has tested six nuclear devices between 2006 and 2017, including what appeared to be a hydrogen bomb, and produced enough plutonium and uranium for possibly dozens more warheads. The Economist, "Face offDonald Trump may be bluffing over a pre-emptive strike on North Korea," 27 Jan. 2018 Get our daily newsletter In particular, Mr Trump and Mr Putin need to consider whether to extend New START, a treaty that sets limits on the number of strategic warheads that each country may deploy, and provides for regular inspections. The Economist, "What Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ought to talk about in Helsinki," 12 July 2018 For example, if Russia moved a warhead off a missile and into a facility for repairs, Moscow would tell the State Department’s Nuclear Risk Reduction Center about that. Alex Ward, Vox, "The most important part of the Trump-Putin summit no one is talking about," 5 July 2018 North Korea has openly flouted its arsenal of nuclear warheads, while Iran insists its nuclear facilities were for civilian purposes only. Jeff Zeleny, CNN, "Trump's Iran decision raises the stakes on North Korea," 8 May 2018 While there is no question Iran hid much of its weapons-designing past, North Korea has concealed programs on a far larger scale and built an arsenal of 20 to 60 nuclear warheads — compared with none in Iran. David E. Sanger And William J. Broad, New York Times, "Verifying the End of a Nuclear North Korea ‘Could Make Iran Look Easy’," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of warhead

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of warhead was in 1898

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: the part of a missile that contains the explosive

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