The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated in a report that the plutonium that the North Korean regime produces with a five-megawatt reactor is not used to make nuclear weapons.
“It is almost certain that there has been no reprocessing activity and that the plutonium produced by the five megawatt reactor in the last operating cycle was not separated,” the IAEA said on Wednesday.
The IAEA relies on satellite imagery for its assessment, as inspectors are not allowed to enter North Korea. The inspectors analyzed high-resolution images from the Yongbyong nuclear reactor and a radiochemical laboratory to reach their conclusion.
The inventory of nuclear material stored by countries is the central point of the global arms control system and extremely important for verifying compliance with disarmament agreements. The publication of a new weapon model by the secret service magazine “Janes” indicates that the weapons arsenal in North Korea would be smaller than originally assumed.