US nuclear expert Siegfried Hecker says North Korea is likely to have an unrevealed uranium-enrichment facility that is different from the experimental light-water reactor at its Yongbyon complex which he toured last month.
According to Foreign Affairs, a journal on US foreign policy and international relations, Hecker said that the advanced centrifuge facility he saw in Yongbyon is most likely designed to make a reactor, not bomb fuel and that a parallel covert facility capable of highly-enriched uranium production exists elsewhere in the country.
His assumption is based on the simple logic that the reclusive regime would not have shared its Yongbyon nuclear facility with the world if it were built for the purpose of making an atomic bomb.
Hecker also pointed out what's more troubling than a possible expansion of the North's nuclear arsenal is its potential export of fissile materials or the means of producing them which now include centrifuge technologies.
The Stanford University scientist projected that Pyeongyang will not give up its nuclear arsenal anytime soon, but will almost certainly insist on keeping its light-water reactor program and centrifuges.
Stating that it's time for the United States to conduct a thorough review of its policies on Northeast Asia Hecker also suggested that Washington should show a willingness to seriously address North Korea's fundamental insecurity in return for "the three no's" from the communist state -- no more bombs, no better bombs and no exports.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.