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North Korea Airs Plan to Activate Light-Water Reactor
North Korea on Thursday announced it would activate in the near future an experimental light-water reactor constructed wholly from indigenous expertise and machinery, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, Nov. 10).
"The day is near at hand when a light-water reactor entirely based on domestic resources and technology will come into operation in the D.P.R.K.," the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency said.
One year ago, visiting U.S. nuclear-weapon experts received a tour of the unfinished facility and an operational uranium enrichment plant at the Yongbyon nuclear complex (see GSN, Nov. 22, 2010). U.S. expert Siegfried Hecker, who took part in the tour, estimated the reactor would be capable of producing 25 to 30 megawatts of electricity when finished.
Hecker said North Korean officials were aiming to have the nuclear reactor completed in 2012, a date he said "appears much too optimistic."
The expert said the uranium plant and the light-water reactor were apparently intended to produce atomic energy.
Pyongyang insists its uranium enrichment program is nonmilitary in nature, but the United States and other governments are highly skeptical of the assertion. The uranium enrichment process can produce civilian fuel as well as weapons-grade material (Agence France-Presse/Google News, Nov. 10).
Sept. 27, 2013
A fact sheet on current and projected costs of maintaining the U.S. nuclear deterrent, produced by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
July 18, 2013
The submarine proliferation resource collection is designed to highlight global trends in the sale and acquisition of diesel- and nuclear-powered submarines. It is structured on a country-by-country basis, with each country profile consisting of information on capabilities, imports and exports.
This article provides an overview of North Korea's historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.