Could North Korea test “uranium bomb” for first time?
April 27, 2012
Quoted: Olli Heinonen, Belfer Center senior fellow
Topic: North Korea’s nuclear program
“VIENNA (Reuters) – North Korea, believed to be preparing for a third nuclear test, would probably be able to make and explode a uranium device for the first time after earlier relying on plutonium, a former chief U.N. inspector said.
If it were to do so, that would show North Korea had developed the technology to produce highly enriched uranium (HEU), putting it in a position to build up larger stocks of weapons-grade material.
‘This assumes that the North Koreans have succeeded in producing HEU, in sufficient quantities as well, and have a bomb design,’ Olli Heinonen said in a paper he sent to Reuters on Friday.”
Heinonen’s article “The North Korean Nuclear Program in Transition” from 38 North on April 26, 2012 can be read here.