North Korea able to produce 20 nuclear bombs, says experts
Sept.14, Seoul: North Korea will have enough material for about 20 nuclear bombs by the end of this year with enhanced uranium-enrichment facilities and an existing stockpile of plutonium, according to new assessments by weapons experts.
The revelations came as North Korea accused the United States of pushing the Korean peninsula to "the point of explosion" after it dispatched two huge bombers in a show of force against North Korea.
The American supersonic B-1B Lancers flew over South Korea on Tuesday as the US pledged its "unshakeable commitment" to defend its allies in the region, following North Korea's fifth and largest-ever nuclear test conducted last week.
The North has evaded a decade of United Nations sanctions to develop its uranium enrichment process, enabling it to run an effectively self-sufficient nuclear programme that is capable of producing six nuclear bombs a year, arms analysts say.
The true nuclear capability of the isolated and secretive state is impossible to verify.
According to South Korea, the North is preparing for another nuclear test - a sign it has no shortage of material to do so.
North Korea has an abundance of uranium reserves and has been working covertly for more than a decade on a project to enrich the material to weapons-grade level, the experts say.
The Oslo Times International News Network