CBRN Assessment

North Korea capable of producing up to 60 nuclear warheads, says report

10 February 2017

North Korea is believed to have enough highly enriched uranium and plutonium to produce up to 60 nuclear warheads, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported on 9 February, citing a 'secret report by intelligence and military authorities'.

Based on 2016 figures, Pyongyang has 758 kg of highly enriched uranium and 54 kg of plutonium, reported the paper, adding that the estimates are based on an assessment that the country has been secretly producing more highly enriched uranium than previously thought.

"Military experts in Seoul and Washington estimate that between 4 and 6 kg of plutonium and 16 to 20 kg of highly enriched uranium are needed to make one nuclear warhead.

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