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North Korea is stepping up uranium production — but for power or nukes? – The Washington Post

North Korea is stepping up uranium production — but for power or nukes? – The Washington Post

North Korea has been stepping up its capacity to mine and mill uranium, new satellite imagery shows, raising fears that Kim Jong Un’s regime is trying to expand its stockpile of nuclear weapons.

The images show that a major mill that turns uranium ore into yellowcake, a first step toward enriching uranium, has recently been refurbished, said Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia nonproliferation program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

“Pyongyang appears to be modernizing a key facility associated with the production of uranium yellowcake,” Lewis wrote in a new report for 38 North,a Web site run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. The facility is near a uranium mine outside Pyongsan, in the south of the country near the border with South Korea.

Source: North Korea is stepping up uranium production — but for power or nukes? – The Washington Post