P'yŏngsan Uranium Milling Facility

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Last Updated: June 1, 2005
Other Name: 평산우라늄제련시설; Namch'ŏn Chemical Complex (남천화학연합기업소); P'yŏngsan Uranium Refining Intermediate Plant (평산우라늄광석중간공장); Chemical Factory (화학공장); P'yŏngsan Uranium Production Factory (평산우라늄생산공장); Namch'ŏn Joint Chemical Enterprise
Location: P'yŏnghwa-ri (평화리), P'yŏngsan-kun (평산군), North Hwanghae Province (황해북도), North Korea
Subordinate To: Namch'ŏn Chemical Complex (남천화학연합기업소), General Department of Atomic Energy (원자력총국), Cabinet (내각)
Size: About 1,500 workers; as of 1999, a capacity to process 200,000 tons of uranium ore into of 290 tons of yellow cake per year
Facility Status: Unknown

The P'yŏngsan Uranium Milling Facility reportedly produces yellow cake, and is one of eleven factories operated by the Namch'ŏn Chemical Complex. According to defector Kim Tae Ho, this facility became operational in June 1991. However, there are also reports that it became operational in 1990, or even in the 1980s. [Note: Reports of this facility becoming operational in the 1980s are not reliable.] During a press conference in April 1992, an official from the North Korean Ministry of Atomic Energy Industry confirmed that North Korea was operating uranium milling facilities in Pyŏngsan-kun and Pakch'ŏn-kun. This facility is said to process uranium ore from the P'yŏngsan and Kŭmch'ŏn uranium mines.

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