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Contents

SIPRI Yearbook 2014

SIPRI Yearbook 2014

IX. North Korea's military nuclear capabilities

Chapter:
6 World Nuclear Forces
Source:
SIPRI Yearbook 2014
Author(s):
Shannon N. Kile, Hans M. Kristensen, Phillip Patton Schell, Alexander Glaser, Zia Mian, Vitaly Fedchenko

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) maintains an active but highly opaque nuclear weapon programme. Estimates of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal vary considerably. They are based primarily on calculations of the amount of plutonium that North Korea may have separated from the spent fuel produced by its 5-megawatt-electric (MW(e)) graphite-moderated research reactor at Yongbyon and assumptions about North Korean weapon design and fabrication skills.1 The estimate here is that North Korea has up to eight rudimentary nuclear weapons, assuming that each uses 5 kilogrammes of weapon-grade plutonium.2

Citation (MLA):
Kile, Shannon N., Hans M. Kristensen, Phillip Patton Schell, Alexander Glaser, Zia Mian, and Vitaly Fedchenko. "6 World Nuclear Forces." SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. Web. 19 Dec. 2018. <http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198712596/sipri-9780198712596-chapter-7-div1-10.xml>.
Citation (APA):
Kile, S., Kristensen, H., Patton Schell, P., Glaser, A., Mian, Z., & Fedchenko, V. (2016). 6 World Nuclear Forces. In SIPRI, SIPRI Yearbook 2014: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 19 Dec. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198712596/sipri-9780198712596-chapter-7-div1-10.xml
Citation (Chicago):
Kile, Shannon N., Hans M. Kristensen, Phillip Patton Schell, Alexander Glaser, Zia Mian, and Vitaly Fedchenko. "6 World Nuclear Forces." In SIPRI Yearbook 2014: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, SIPRI. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Retrieved 19 Dec. 2018, from http://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198712596/sipri-9780198712596-chapter-7-div1-10.xml
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