Only two days after North Korea launched a satellite that travelled over the Super Bowl, one of America’s top intelligence officials has revealed that the communist nation has restarted their plutonium reactor.
According to Western Journalism, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that North Korea may be very close to recovering nuclear weapons grade material.
“We further assess that North Korea has been operating the reactor long enough so that it could begin to recover plutonium from the reactor’s spent fuel within a matter of weeks to months,” Clapper said, according to the BBC.
North Korea has restarted plutonium reactor and could have stockpiles in weeks – US spy chief https://t.co/oe33v6Bsr5
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) February 9, 2016
Back in 2007, North Korea suspended their nuclear weapons program in exchange for an aid package. However, in 2013 and in January of this year, North Korea was successfully conducting underground nuclear tests.
Clapper went on to say that North Korea is also taking steps towards developing their intercontinental ballistic missile capability.
Defense experts believe that the true reason behind their satellite launch on Sunday was for an intercontinental ballistic missile test.
We can only hope that North Korea eventually halts their nuclear weapons programs, or else we could all be in big trouble.