N. Korea’s Nuclear Facility Too Advanced to Be the Only One, Suggesting Multiple Nuclear Sites
December 15, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—North Korea built its new nuclear plant so quickly and with such advanced technology that the country must have other secret nuclear sites peppered throughout its land—or even have a fully functional uranium enrichment plant, U.S. and South Korean officials have concluded. North Korea argues that its new uranium enrichment plant could create fuel that can help produce electricity, but the country does not appear to own reactors that would make that possible, the New York Times reports.
North Korean officials showed its new plant to three nuclear experts from Stanford University last month, one of whom said he was “stunned” that the country had built its plant so quickly, the Times notes. Analysts are now keeping an eye out to ensure that North Koreans don’t sell nuclear technology to the Middle East.
Despite focusing strongly on North Korea’s attempts to acquire uranium enrichment technology, officials from the U.S., South Korea, and China admitted that they missed the North’s work assembling its main nuclear plant in Yongbyon, the Times reports. Because the plant was built inside an already-existing structure, satellites were unable to determine what was going on inside.