North Korea's Nuclear Weapons: Latest Developments
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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On October 9, 2006, North Korea conducted a nuclear test, with a yield of under 1 kiloton vice the anticipated 4-kiloton yield . The United States and other countries condemned the test and the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 1718 on October 14, which requires North Korea to refrain from nuclear or missile tests, rejoin the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty NPT, and dismantle its WMD programs. The test is the latest provocative act of many since 2002, when North Korea ended an eight-year freeze on its plutonium production program, expelled international inspectors and restarted facilities. North Korea may now have enough Pu for eight to ten weapons, having continued its production throughout the fits and starts of the Six-Party Talks. This report will be updated as needed.
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