Category Archives: North Korea

NK Talks Peace While Building Nukes and Missiles

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer North Korea's Foreign Minister, Ri Su Yong, speaking before the UN General Assembly, has advocated a peace treaty with the United States according to UPI. "With the current armistice, peace on the Korean peninsula can no longer be maintained," Ri said on Thursday, according to South Korean media source , Yonhap. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/10/02/North-Korea-calls-for-peace-treaty-with-the-United-States/2021443793126/ Meanwhile, back in the DPRK, a freight train is currently confirmed moving towards North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongchang-ri, North Pyongan province. It is suspected of carrying materials for a possible missile launch on or about October 10, according to South Korean, Japanese and US intelligence sources. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/10/01/North-Korea-freight-train-en-route-to-launch-pad/9091443749385/?st_rec=2021443793126 Read more

North Korea Could Have Plutonium for up to 10 Nuclear Bombs

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer An 9/17/2015 article, outlining current and historical developments at the DPRK’s Yongbuong reactor site, in the Hankoreh by staff reporter, Kim Ji-hoon stated that North Korea could possess enough Plutonium to build from 7-10 nuclear weapons. According to a 2014 South Korean Defense Ministry white paper, “North Korea is estimated to possess around 40 kilograms of weapons-grade Plutonium, and it is thought to be running a program to produce highly enriched uranium (HEU)”. Lee Chun-geun, senior analyst at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, said that “ This would be enough to make between seven and ten nuclear weapons”. Further information is available at: http://www.nti.org/country-profiles/north-korea/ [ including a nuclear map] https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/northkoreaprofile and http://csis.org/publication/south-korea-2014-defense-white-paper-highlights-dprk-nuclear-threats Read more

DPRK Announcement: Restart of Yongbyong Reactor

REPRINT The orginal news release from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is given below: Source: http://kcna.kp/kcna.user.article.retrieveNewsViewInfoList.kcmsf Director of Atomic Energy Institute of DPRK on Its Nuclear Activities Pyongyang, September 15 (KCNA) -- The director of the Atomic Energy Institute of the DPRK gave the following answer to question put by KCNA Tuesday as regards the public opinion being built up over the DPRK's nuclear activities: Of late, institutions specializing in nuclear activities and media of the Western world including the U.S. have become vociferous about nuclear activities in the DPRK, saying satellite data made them capture fresh activity in a nuclear establishment in Nyongbyon and they are concerned about it. As known by the world, the DPRK's access to the nuclear weapons is an outcome of the U.S. hostile policy towards it. Read more

North Korea Restarts Main Reactor

*** BREAKING NEWS*** By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The head of North Korea’s Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that the DPRK has restarted its main research light water Reactor #1 at Yongbyong. The graphite-moderated reactor (model IRT-2000) was originally imported in 1963 from a Soviet-era design, and was subsequently upgraded from 4 to 8 MWth. Read more here. A detailed account is available at: http://www.nknews.org/2015/09/n-korea-upgrading-nuclear-facilities-in-nyongbyon-kcna/. Further technical information is available at: http://www.nti.org/facilities/767/ To compare the IRT – 2000 design with the RMBK design (of Chernobyl fame) visit: http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Nuclear-Fuel-Cycle/Power-Reactors/Appendices/RBMK-Reactors/ The original Korean Central News Agency report is available at: http://kcna.kp/kcna.user.article.retrieveNewsViewInfoList.kcmsf This Read more

Is North Korea Increasing Plutonium Production?

By Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer According to an analysis [1] by William Mugford and Jack Liu, posted on 38north.org, interpretation of Aug 22 commercial satellite imagery may suggest that recent increased activity at North Korea's key nuclear R&D facility is a preliminary indication that the DPRK may be producing or preparing to produce weapons grade plutonium. [ Photo: (c) 2015 Wolf von Baumgart ] The site’s main reactor, located approximately 60 miles North of Pyongyang, was previously mothballed and disabled under an agreement reached at the six-party talks in October, 2007. According to the report, “Developments at Yongbyon are cause for concern and should be monitored closely by the international community to determine their purpose.” [2] The Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center consists of a 5-MWe graphite-moderated reactor (with annex), Read more

Shades of 1950-1953 on the 38th parallel

Let’s establish a few things right off the bat, as they say: First, the Korean War, that began in June, 1950, never actually ended.  There is no formal treaty, no truce, simply an armistice, the same kind that ended World War One.  The Korean War never ended, but actual hostilities were curtailed under a cease-fire on July 27th, 1953 at 10:00 AM local time. Second, North Korea, which calls itself the “Democratic Republic of Korea,” is obviously neither democratic, nor a republic.  It is, in fact, a monarchy.  The “founder” of North Korea, Kim Il-sung, was a Soviet puppet and delusional Stalinist who actually believed his own prevarications and propaganda, as he believed that of his mentors, Stalin and Mao.  He passed power, without input from “the people,” directly to his son, Kim Jong-il, who, in turn, passed it to his son, Kim Jong-un, who is the sabre-rattling Read more

Pyongyang Preps Missile

North Korea has moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, South Korea's defense minister said Thursday, but he added that there are no signs that Pyongyang is preparing for a full-scale conflict. The report came hours after North Korea's military warned that it has been authorized to attack the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified" nuclear weapons. It was the North's latest war cry against America in recent weeks. The reference to smaller weapons could be a claim that Pyongyang has improved its nuclear technology. Or a bluff. South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said he did not know the reasons behind the North's missile movement, and that it "could be for testing or drills." He dismissed reports in Japanese media that the missile could be a KN-08, which is believed to be a long-range missile that if operable could hit the United States. (AP) A Read more