North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the January 18 General Machine Plant in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 10, 2016. KCNA/ via REUTERS
Reuters: North Korea ramps up uranium enrichment, enough for six nuclear bombs a year: experts
North Korea will have enough material for about 20 nuclear bombs by the end of this year, with ramped-up uranium enrichment facilities and an existing stockpile of plutonium, according to new assessments by weapons experts.
The North has evaded a decade of U.N. sanctions to develop the uranium enrichment process, enabling it to run an effectively self-sufficient nuclear program that is capable of producing around six nuclear bombs a year, they said.
The true nuclear capability of the isolated and secretive state is impossible to verify. But after Pyongyang conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test last week and, according to South Korea, was preparing for another, it appears to have no shortage of material to test with.
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Update #1: North Korea able to produce 20 nuclear bombs: experts -- Al Jazeera
Update #2: The alarming progress of a nuclear North Korea -- Stephen Evans, BBC
WNU Editor: We are the targets .... North Korea’s nuclear program is targeting U.S., Japanese lawmaker says (Washington Post)