Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Bomb, what bomb?

Apparently North Korea has admitted to the "unofficial U.S. delegation" that visited North Korea last week that they don't have a nuclear bomb after all. This would contradict long held CIA estimates that North Korea has at least 2 nuclear bombs.

North Korean officials told an unofficial U.S. delegation last week that many claims about their nuclear program were exaggerated and that they did not have a nuclear warhead or a program to secretly enrich uranium for such a weapon, said sources familiar with the trip.

The North Koreans did, however, reiterate their claim to have produced weapons-grade plutonium and showed the delegation their facilities at the Yongbyon nuclear complex and what was purported to be a sample of the plutonium.

"They said, 'We have the potential to make nuclear weapons, but we do not have a weapon,' " said a South Korean official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "They were very adamant in their denials, especially about the highly enriched uranium."


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