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Satellite Images Show NK Building Nukes

From a seemingly surprised Associated Press:

Satellite appears to show NKorea nuke building

By Kwang-tae Kim, Associated Press Fri Nov 19, 2010

SEOUL, South Korea – New satellite images show construction under way at North Korea’s main atomic complex, apparent proof that Pyongyang is making good on its pledge to build a nuclear power reactor, according to a private American security institute.

North Korea vowed in March to build a light-water reactor using its own nuclear fuel, and two American experts who recently visited the North have reportedly said that construction has begun.

Light-water reactors are ostensibly for civilian energy purposes, but the power plant would give the North a reason to enrich uranium. At low levels, uranium can be used in power reactors, but at higher levels it can be used in nuclear bombs. While light-water reactors are considered less prone to misuse than heavy-water reactors, once the process of uranium enrichment is mastered, it is relatively easy to enrich further to weapons-grade levels…

The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security on Thursday released commercial satellite images from Nov. 4 that show a rectangular structure being built, with at least two cranes visible at the complex. It estimated North Korea was constructing a 25 to 30 megawatt light-water reactor…

The new satellite imagery comes as North Korea presses for the resumption of international nuclear disarmament talks it quit last year…

After seven years of adamant denials, North Korea said last year that it was in the final stages of uranium enrichment.

The Choson Sinbo, a pro-North Korean newspaper in Japan, reported Thursday that Pyongyang was building a light-water reactor as part of its plan to revive its economy ahead of 2012, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung, father of current leader Kim Jong Il.

Yet more evidence of Mr. Obama’s fabulous success in foreign policy. (And, unfortunately, we’re not being sarcastic.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Satellite Images Show NK Building Nukes”

  1. proreason says:

    These are the saner nutjobs.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    All the while NK populace starves except for the dying Kim Jock Itch and his #3 son, General Som Icky Gu.
    Further evidence that dingleBarry foreign policy is batting a perfect zero.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    As governments go, they are all liars, but as authoritarian governments go, they are absolutely flat-out liars.

    They have no incentive to cover up their lies, because their people don’t vote anyway, and they aren’t in the business of making international friends either.

    When the people of North Korea are liberated from this regime, the first thing they will say is, My G*d, what the hell took you people so long to do what is right?

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