North Korea removes spent nuclear fuel rods
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
North Korea's official news agency is reporting that the country has finished removing all its spent nuclear fuel rods, over 8,000 of them, from the main reactor in the nuclear plant.
The rods could be reprocessed for several months to extract weapons-grade. Officials say the rods could be able to provide enough plutonium to make two nuclear bombs.
This could possibly signal that North Korea is preparing for a nuclear arms test. North Korea may already have enough materials to make six nuclear bombs.
North Korea has also announced plans to continue operating the Yongbyon facility, as well as to begin construction on a larger reactor.
- Luis Ramirez. "North Korea Moves Spent Fuel Rods from Reactor" — , May 11, 2005
- Burt Herman. "North Korea Advancing Nuclear Program" — , May 11, 2005