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North Korea could produce dozens more nukes: study

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North Korea could build an arsenal of up to 48 nuclear weapons, several times more than it has now, if the communist state were able to step up its program unchecked, a US think tank said Thursday.

North Korea’s nuclear program is shrouded in secrecy, but the Institute for Science and International Security used limited available information to chart out different scenarios for Pyongyang’s progress in the coming years.

North Korea, which first tested an atomic bomb in 2006, is believed to be able to produce between six and 18 nuclear weapons through a plutonium program. It is less clear whether it has the means to deliver the weapons.

With international negotiations at a standstill, satellite imagery has shown that North Korea has been pursuing work on a light-water reactor that is officially for civilian purposes but could produce weapons-grade plutonium.


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