- Secret satellite images reveal masses of plutonium that could be used by Kim Jong Un to enlarge his weapons stockpile
- The pictures of a uranium enrichment facility could also indicate attempts by North Korea to increase its stocks of that substance
- It comes amid rising international concerns over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs
North Korea may be hoarding more fuel for nuclear bombs than previously thought according to alarming satellite images of the country’s main nuclear site.
Secret thermal pictures reveal masses of plutonium that could be used by Kim Jong Un to fuel deadly attacks with his weapons arsenal.
Washington-based North Korean monitor 38 North analysed satellite images of the radiochemical laboratory at the Yongbyon nuclear plant from September until the end of June.
The think tank said images of the building’s uranium enrichment facility at Yongbyon could also indicate attempts by the country to increase its stock of that substance which is another source of bomb fuel.
North Korea has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States and last week tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile, which experts said could hit all of Alaska and parts of the US Pacific Northwest.
Experts at 38 North estimated in April that the country could have as many as 20 nuclear bombs and could produce one more each month.