The thermal image of the main North Korean nuclear facility in Yonbyon indicates that it may have processed more plutonium into nuclear fuel for use in nuclear warheads than it was believed before, the Reuters news agency reported.
The 38North-based research center in Washington, which studies North Korea, analyzed satellite images of a radiochemical laboratory at a nuclear plant in Yonbyon from September last year to the end of June this year, that is, during the period Increasing concern about the nuclear and missile programs of the DPRK.
According to experts, the image of the uranium enrichment facility in Yonbyon may also indicate that an additional source of enrichment of uranium reserves for bombs may be the activity of centrifuges.
There were also signs of a short-term activity in North Korea of an experimental light water reactor, which also causes concern in the West.
Information Reuters Reuters received a copy of the report on this topic before its official publication on Friday in later hours.
Photographs of the radiochemical laboratory indicate that the facility has at least two cycles of processing of uranium, previously unknown, whose purpose is to produce an unidentified amount of plutonium that can increase the arsenal of nuclear weapons. ” Such a perspective worries American officials who regard Pyongyang as one of the biggest threats to global security.
It is not known whether the registered thermal activity at the uranium processing plant was the result of the activity of centrifuges or repair work. Experts also believe that the plant did not produce an isotope, which is necessary to increase the explosive power of atomic and hydrogen bombs.
North Korea uses uranium and plutonium in atomic bombs. So far, she has conducted five tests, and the sixth can happen at any time, despite international and US efforts to limit the program.
North Korea is now working to manufacture a missile that can be loaded with a nuclear warhead, and that can reach the territory of the United States, writes Politico. According to experts, an intercontinental ballistic missile launched last week could reach Alaska and the northwestern regions of the United States.
According to the North 38 research center, the DPRK has up to twenty nuclear bombs and is capable of producing one additional bomb each month. According to the information of the expert on nuclear weapons Siegfried Geker, North Korea already has from 32 to 54 kilograms of plutonium, from which it is possible to make from six to eight bombs.
Could the North Koreans achieve such progress without the help of China and Russia? Obviously not.