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NK To Restart Nuclear Reactor Shut In 2007 Deal

From the Associated Press:

North Korea vows to restart nuclear facilities

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and FOSTER KLUG | April 2, 2013

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea vowed Tuesday to restart a nuclear reactor that can make one bomb’s worth of plutonium a year, escalating tensions already raised by near daily warlike threats against the United States and South Korea.

The North’s plutonium reactor was shut down in 2007 as part of international nuclear disarmament talks that have since stalled.

For some reason the AP neglects to mention that this reactor site was "shut down" in exchange for 50,000 tons of fuel oil and other food and financial aid. In fact, the reactor was supposed to be completely dismantled, not just "shut down."

Under the deal, the North Koreans were supposed to make it impossible to ever open this site again. But, of course, the North Koreans simply violated the agreement, like they have every other agreement they have ever made.

The declaration of a resumption of plutonium production — the most common fuel in nuclear weapons — and other facilities at the main Nyongbyon nuclear complex will boost fears in Washington and among its allies about North Korea’s timetable for building a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach the United States, technology it is not currently believed to have.

This is significant because North Korea already has plenty of nuclear fissionable uranium. But unranium is more bulky than plutonium. So it is harder to put into a long range delivery system, like an ICBM.

A spokesman for the North’s General Department of Atomic Energy said that scientists will begin work at a uranium enrichment plant and a graphite-moderated 5 megawatt reactor, which generates spent fuel rods laced with plutonium and is the core of the Nyongbyon nuclear complex.

The unidentified spokesman said the measure is part of efforts to resolve the country’s acute electricity shortage but also for "bolstering up the nuclear armed force both in quality and quantity," according to a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency…

Unlike Iran’s nuclear program, which is all about their tireless quest to cure cancer.

North Korea added the 5-megawatt, graphite-moderated reactor to its nuclear complex at Nyongbyon in 1986 after seven years of construction. The country began building a 50-megawatt and a 200 megawatt reactor in 1984, but construction was suspended under a 1994 nuclear deal with Washington…

In which Bill Clinton and Madeline Albright gave them everything they wanted, including fuel oil and food aid and untold sums of money and technology.

North Korea says the facility is aimed at generating electricity. It takes about 8,000 fuel rods to run the reactor. Reprocessing the spent fuel rods after a year of reactor operation could yield about 7 kilograms of plutonium — enough to make at least one nuclear bomb, experts say.

Nuclear bombs can be produced with highly enriched uranium or with plutonium. North Korea is believed to have exploded plutonium devices in its first two nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009.

In 2010, the North unveiled a long-suspected uranium enrichment program, which would give it another potential route to make bomb fuel. Uranium worries outsiders because the technology needed to make highly enriched uranium bombs is much easier to hide than huge plutonium facilities.

But experts say plutonium is considered better for building small warheads, which North Korea needs if it is going to put them on missiles. Analysts say they don’t believe North Korea currently has mastered such miniaturization technology.

Scientist and nuclear expert Siegfried Hecker has estimated that Pyongyang has 24 to 42 kilograms of plutonium — enough for perhaps four to eight rudimentary bombs similar to the plutonium weapon used on Nagasaki in World War II…

Naturally, Mr. Obama will ignore this development. Instead, he will continue his efforts to gut our nuclear armaments in the hopes that this will inspire the North Koreans and the Iranians to stop their nuclear programs.

Which is working out just like he planned.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “NK To Restart Nuclear Reactor Shut In 2007 Deal”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    When China mobilizes troop and Russia says to Kim “Cool your jets” something is actually cooking on the front burner ..,…

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