N. Korea's HEU Stocks May Exceed its Plutonium Stockpile in 3 YearsUpdated: 2011-06-27 12:00:00 (KST)
A nuclear expert in the United States projects North Korea will obtain over 40 kilograms of high enriched uranium in three years.
Olli Heinonen, former Deputy Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency posted on 38 North, a website devoted to North Korean issues that Pyongyang would be capable of producing 1.8 tons of low enriched uranium if all 2-thousand centrifuge machines at its enrichment facility in Yongbyon were operated at full capacity.
He said an additional 8-hundred centrifuges would be able to convert the low enriched uranium to 40 kilograms of high enriched uranium, which would be enough to make one or two new nuclear bombs.
Heinonen added that if North Korea was left on its own, its high enriched uranium stocks could exceed its current plutonium stockpile after three years.
Pyeongyang is estimated to have between 25 to 40 kilograms of plutonium stocks.
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