The regime of North Korea could have recently completed a new cycle of plutonium productionthe material you use for your nuclear weaponsaccording to intelligence data analyzed by South Korea and USAreported this Wednesday the Ministry of Defence South Korean.
“We are closely monitoring any movement related to this issue together with the United States.“said the Ministry spokesperson, Jeon Ha-kyouin a press conference, confirming the information published by the newspaper Dong A.
The newspaper, which cited anonymous sources, stated that both countries had detected signs that the nuclear reactor of 5 megawatts of electricity Yongbyon Nuclear Research Centerabout 100 kilometers north of Pyongyanghad stopped at the end of September.
This could mean that the north korean regime would have extracted the fuel from spent uranium of the fusion unit core for more plutonium
The reactor Yongbyonthe only one that the isolated Asian country has, is capable of producing some six kilos of plutonium of military quality per year, according to expert estimates.
It is believed that North Korea already has more than 10 nuclear bombs and enough plutonium and enriched uranium – which it would obtain with centrifuges at Yongbyon and perhaps elsewhere – to make at least 50 more.
Last week, the North Korean parliament approved to include in its Constitution the obligation to reinforce its nuclear forces, a year after having legislated the mechanisms to launch preventive nuclear attacks.
Furthermore, it is suspected that the testing site Punggye-riin the northeast of the country, is prepared to host a new underground explosion from the beginning of 2022.
North Korea has made a record number of missile tests this year despite the international sanctionsignoring warnings from the United States, South Korea and their allies.
Diplomatic attempts have repeatedly failed: Pyongyang he rejects calls for dialogue and experts see little chance of convincing his authorities to abandon nuclear weapons.
North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006 and its sixth and most powerful in September 2017, with growing concerns that it is preparing another test as it tries to develop tactical nuclear warheads.
A report published this year by the United States Congressional Research Service cited outside estimates that North Korea already possessed enough material for “20 to 60 warheads.”
Kim Jong-un’s regime is actively pursuing the development of smaller warheads to fit a variety of delivery systems, the report notes.
(With information from EFE and AFP)