North Korea says it has “weaponized” more than 30 kilograms of plutonium after declaring an “all-out confrontational posture” on South Korea, according to IHT.
According to nuclear experts, 30 kilograms of plutonium is enough to make four or five bombs.
When North Korea declared its plutonium hoard to the U.S. last year, they refused to say how the plutonium was “weaponized” but did say that it was meant for use in missile warheads. After declaring, North Korea declined to allow inspection of said plutonium or any of its nuclear units.
If North Korea’s claims are true, it would make the U.S.’s job a lot harder. However, North Korean officials say they have devised a new set of negotiations they plan to put into play after President-elect Barack Obama steps into the Oval Office.
They did however say resuming diplomatic ties with the U.S. is not as important as‚ remaining‚ a nuclear power.‚
“We can live without normalizing ties with the United States, but we cannot live without a nuclear deterrent,” said a spokesman for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, IHT reports.
This is dangerous, but I’m doubtful anything will really happen between the two countries, especially not during the first few months of Obama’s administration. Nothing will happen on a nuclear scale, obviously, they aren’t that nuts.‚
Plus, NK are big talkers when it comes to this kind of stuff.