North Korea’s uranium enrichment program and plutonium stocks

Posted: October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

October 24, 2012

 

Challenges Posed by North Korea’s Weapon-Grade Uranium and Weapon-Grade Plutonium: Current and Projected Stocks

 

The 38 Northjournal of the Korea Institute at John Hopkins has published an in depth study by ISIS president David Albright and analyst Chrsitina Walrond of North Korea’s uranium enrichment program and plutonium stocks.

 

    North Korea may be moving to increase the size and sophistication of its nuclear arsenal. This escalation follows the demise of the February 29, 2012 reciprocal arrangement between Pyongyang and Washington, and North Korean statements that it will bolster its nuclear deterrent. Although uncertainty surrounds the North’s decisions, it is important to scrutinize Pyongyang’s current and projected capability to make weapon-grade uranium (WGU) and weapon-grade plutonium, the two key materials in building nuclear weapons. Despite the uncertainties, such an assessment contributes to better formulating how the United States should respond to North Korea’s nuclear programs, in particular its uranium enrichment program (UEP).

 

Read the full report on the Korea Institute website: Challenges Posed by North Korea’s Weapon-Grade Uranium and Weapon-Grade Plutonium: Current and Projected Stocks

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