WW3 fears grow as North Korea has ‘access to more uranium for nuclear weapons’

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The threat of World War Three has grown larger as it was revealed that North Korea can get more uranium for nuclear weapons than its current rate, a report has revealed.

A new study from Stanford University in the US has shown that, through its existing Pyongsan Mill, the country can produce far more nuclear fuel than it currently is.

Despite dictator Kim Jong-un claiming the country would no longer test nuclear weapons – a promise made back in 2017 – North Korea has openly said that it is continuing to build and test its arsenal of weapons.

And this year the hermit state restarted a reactor that is widely-believed to have produced weapons-grad plutonium in the past.

According to an article in the Science & Global Security research journal, by Stanford University and an Arizona-based mining consulting company, “North Korea may be able to increase production, and has no need for other uranium mills”.

According to Reuters, the report states: “It is clear that the DPRK [North Korea] appears to have substantially more milling capacity than it has been using to date.

“This means that the DPRK could produce much greater quantities of milled natural uranium if desired.

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“Given the DPRK’s active nuclear program, it is of utmost importance to assess and understand its nuclear materials production capabilities.”

According to the reports analysis, these capabilities “govern the rate at which North Korea might expand its nuclear arsenal, determine the magnitude of the threat to international security and the challenge of potential nuclear disarmament, and measure North Korea's ability to fuel its future nuclear energy program”.

David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, told Reuters that the country has “the capacity to produce material for four to six warheads a year”.

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Bennett Ramberg, former policy analyst at the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, recently said it was time to “normalise” relations with the country given North Korea's nuclear capabilities.

He said: “History demonstrates that not only do such ties keep contacts on an even keel in normal times, they can play a critical role in resolving nuclear crisis.

“With the exception of the United States and North Korea, all nuclear weapons states have diplomatic relations.

“Granted, relations have not been the cure-all to prevent nuclear crises. Adversaries have frequently used diplomatic connections to misrepresent, lie to and ignore the opponent as tensions rose.

“But when events have reached the peak “this could get out of control” moment, direct or third-party diplomacy has repeatedly proved critical to tamp down tensions before they exploded into nuclear war.”

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