The Pendleton Panther

North Korea Pillages Plutonium

Posted on: November 4, 2009

North Korea may have just become a greater nuclear threat. On Tuesday, North Korea announced, through their official news agency, that the nation has finished reprocessing 2,000 spent nuclear fuel rods. While North Korea’s media may not always be the most trusted of sources, but the leftover plutonium in the rods could contain what would be sufficient for at least one nuclear explosive. North Korea has made clear no aggressive intentions regarding the plutonium, but the rest of the world is beginning to worry. A country which chooses not to heat many of its buildings in the winters to save what little money they have may not seem threatening, but North Korean nuclear scientists show formidable bravado. Whatever their intention is, it is unlikely that any more fuel rods could be obtained by North Korea as the reactor that the rods were gleaned from was disabled in 2008.

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