Cheney Claims NK Has Uranium-Based Nuke Program

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North Korea’s stockpile of nuclear arsenal may include a uranium-based one, in addition to the known plutonium-producing reactor that has been undergoing disablement steps, the second highest-ranking U.S. official said Friday.

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said, “It looks like (North Koreans) have a continuing, ongoing program to produce highly enriched uranium, in addition to what they were doing in Yongbyon at their plutonium reactor,” Yonhap News reported Saturday citing a transcript released by the vice president’s office.

Cheney’s statement echoes the view of the National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley earlier this week. In a seminar Wednesday, Hadley said, “Some in the intelligence community have increasing concerns that North Korea has an ongoing covert uranium enrichment program.”


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