Suspect North Korean nuclear site identified

Seoul—A US think-tank said Friday it may have identified a secret North Korean gas centrifuge plant used in the early stages of the nuclear-armed country’s illicit uranium enrichment efforts.
The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said identifying suspected hidden plants involved in the production of weapons-grade uranium would be “critical” to the success of any future deal on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.
The North first revealed the existence of a gas centrifuge enrichment programme at its Yongbyon nuclear complex in 2010, but denied widespread expert assessments that it was part of a much larger network of smaller-scale plants.
In its report on Friday, ISIS said it may have identified one of the plants that could have served as an important facility in the development of North Korea’s gas and centrifuge programme in the 1990s and early 2000s.—APP

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