North Korea already has enough plutonium to fabricate ten nuclear bombs, has estimated Seoul on Wednesday, ten days after Pyongyang warned referring to an imminent testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile, AFP informs.
Many experts believe that Pyongyang, which conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of rockets launching in 2016, would increase its efforts in 2017 to achieve its goal: to be able to launch a nuclear bomb on the US continental territory.
Experts have different opinions regarding the level at which North Korean scientific programs have advanced, but they unanimously recognize that Pyongyang has greatly advanced in this field after Kim Jong-Un took over the power, following the death of his father Kim Jong-Il in December 2011.
On Wednesday, the Defense Ministry of South Korea said that at the end of 2016, Pyongyang was probably in possession of 50 kilograms of military plutonium, a sufficient quality to make 10 bombs, while eight years ago it had only 40 kg.
In a biannual report, the ministry also estimated that Pyongyang has a significant capacity of producing weapons using enriched uranium.
In June, the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), based in Washington, estimated that Pyongyang had at that time up to 21 potential nuclear bomb, adding the ones made of uranium and plutonium. ISIS estimated at the end of 2014 that Pyongyang possessed 10 to 16 bombs.
North Korea increased its production of plutonium, relaunching, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry, the reactor at Yongbyon, of five megawatts, which was closed in 2007, under an agreement that provided disarmament in exchange for humanitarian aid.
Kim Jong-Un said during his New Year speech that his country is on the verge of testing an intercontinental ballistic missile.