Hamhŭng Uranium Deposit

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Last Updated: June 1, 2005
Other Name: Hamhŭng Uranium Mine (함흥광산)
Location: Hamhŭng (함흥시), South Hamgyŏng Province (함경남도), North Korea
Subordinate To: Ministry of Extractive Industries (채취공업성), Cabinet (내각)
Size: Reportedly approximately 4 million tons of uranium deposits
Facility Status: Unknown

In 1964, North Korea reported that it had discovered approximately 4 million tons of uranium deposits in Hamhŭng, Unggi, and Haegŭmgang. The current status of this mine is unknown.

Sources:
[1] So Yong-ha, "Capacity for Nuclear Weapons Development," Hoguk, July 1989, pp. 119-122, in "North's Nuclear Capability Assessed," FBIS-EAS-89-148, 3 August 1989, pp. 23-26.
[2] Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., "North Korea's Nuclear Infrastructure," Jane's Intelligence Review, 1 February 1994, pp. 74-79.
[3] Yu Min, "Pukhan Kip'okchekaebal Chipch'ak 70 Ch'arye P'okp'alshirhŏm/Russia Chŏngbu'ŭi Pukhaekp'yŏngganaeyong," Taehan Maeil, 5 January 1996, p. 6, in KINDS, www.kinds.or.kr.
[4] Osamu Eya, Kimu Jon Iru Daizukan (Tokyo: Shogakkan, 2000), pp. 64-65.

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