As N. Korea steps up production of weapon-grade plutonium, U.S. focuses S. Korean exercises on mounting nuclear threat

Image from GlobalSecurity.org is believed to show a steam plume rising from a nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.  GlobalSecurity.org

Image from GlobalSecurity.org is believed to show a steam plume rising from a nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. GlobalSecurity.org

SEOUL — North Korea is set to produce 6-8 kilograms of plutonium that can make one more bomb from the nuclear reactor at the Yongbyon complex it has restarted last year, a government source here said. “Judging from its recent activities, North Korea could extract spent fuel rods as early as September or no later than the end of this year,” the source said.

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