Jennifer E. Thomas (j3nny3lf) wrote,
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Well, that's not good.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090118/wl_nm/us_korea_north_nuclear

Harrison said senior North Korean officials had told him this week that 30.8 kg (68 pounds) of plutonium their government had listed as part of a preliminary disarmament agreement had been "weaponized" -- incorporated into warheards or other arms.

He said all the four senior Pyongyang officials he met, including Li Gun, the Foreign Ministry official in charge of dealings with Washington, said plutonium was now out of bounds of inspections intended to advance the now-stalled six-party disarmament talks.

"All of those I met said that North Korea has already weaponized the 30.8 kg of plutonium listed in its formal declaration and that the weapons cannot be inspected," Harrison told a news conference in the Chinese capital after returning from five days in Pyongyang, his eleventh visit to the isolated North since 1972.

"That means North Korea has four or five nuclear weapons, depending on the grade of plutonium, the specific weapons design and desired explosive yield."
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