Global Security Newswire
Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues
North Korean Atomic Reactor May be Unsafe, U.S. Expert Says
A prominent U.S. nuclear weapons expert said he has serious concerns about the safety of an atomic energy reactor being built in North Korea, Reuters reported on Thursday (see GSN, Jan. 24).
Siegfried Hecker in November 2010 was given a rare tour of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear complex, where he witnessed the early stages of construction of a light-water reactor that would seemingly be powered by uranium enriched at a nearby facility.
Though he has yet to return to the isolated nation, Hecker analyzed recent satellite images of the reactor for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and concluded significant progress had been made since 2010 in erecting much of the exterior structures for the facility (see GSN, Jan. 10).
The North responded to live-fire drills on Yeonpyeong Island in November 2010 by firing a barrage of shells that killed four people on the island and ramped up tensions between the two neighbors.
Note to our Readers
GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.
Oct. 23, 2014
NTI Vice Chairman Des Browne delivered the keynote address at the Washington-based Arms Control Association's annual meeting, covering a range of nuclear policy issues.
March 13, 2014
On Friday, March 14, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Five statesmen from Germany, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States call for the urgent formation of a Contact Group of Foreign Ministers to address the crisis and more broadly, create a new approach to building mutual security in the Euro-Atlantic region.
This article provides an overview of North Korea's historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.