posted on Jul, 4 2006 @ 02:55 AM
It is estimated that North Korea has 6-8 Nuclear Warheads, or at least the material to manufacture them.
Some doubt that they can put them on a missle, I dissent with this observation. America, as a country was able to do it in the 50's. If you don't
think they can do it 60 years later you under estimate them.
N Korea has deployed over 300 Nodong-x (medum range - Japan and Okinawa) and close to a thousand Scud-B/C missiles (short range - S Korea) all of
which can carry nuclear or chemical warheads. NoDong-1's have a range of 1,300km and NoDong-2's have a range of 1,500-2,000km. N Korea is believed
to have a limited number of Taepodong-x ICBMs (long range - America) hidden in underground tunnels.
The Taepo Dong-2 ICBM has a maximum range of 6,200 miles. The US DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) estimates that the missile has a range of about
4,650 miles with large nuclear warheads and 6,200 miles with smaller warheads. At the extreme of 6,200 mil es, the missile could reach all major West
Coast cities (Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego,,,) and reach as far east as Chicago.
Yongbyon 0.1 Megawatts Thermal (MWt) Critical Assembly - This small reactor is believed to be the first nuclear reactor in N Korea. It was
provided by the Soviets and went into operation in early 1960s. Its primary function is isotope production.
Yongbyon Reactor I - The construction of this natural uranium-graphite power reactor began in 1980 at Yongbyon, 100 km north of Pyongyang. It
is based on a 1950 MAGNOX technology (graphite moderator, aluminum-magnesium clad natural uranium fuel , CO2 gas cooling). The reactor was completed
in 1984 and it as was activated in February 1987 under Prof. Ha Kyong Won, a Korean physicist educated in US. After many startup problems, it was
operating at 20-30 MW by 1990. N Korea removed about 30 lb. of plutonium from this reactor in 1988 and built two nuclear bombs. From 1989 to 1991, N
Korea may have extracted additional 60 lb. of plutonium, enough for five nukes.
Yongbyon Reactor II - A 50 MW MAGNOX-type reactor was started in 1984. N Korea built a military nuclear complex next to this reactor. This
complex was completed in 1989 and the reactor was tentatively activated in 1992. This reactor alone is capable of producing enough plutonium for 10-12
nukes a year.
Taechon Reactor I - The construction of a 200 MW MAGNOX-type reactor was started at Taechon, 60 miles north of Pyongyang in 1988 and was
expected to be completed in 1996.
Taechon Reactor II - A 600-800 MW reactor is also partially built at Taechon (completion was slated by 1997). This reactor could produce
180-230 Kg of plutonium a year, enough for 30-40 nukes.
Simpo Reactor I - This 635mw reactor is based on a German design. In May 1989, N Korea and Germany signed a comprehensive agreement on the
transfer of "substantial" amounts of German nuclear technology and nuclear weapons materials, including enriched uranium, to Pyongyang. The transfer
of the German nuclear know-how has continued via Iran, Libya and Syria.
Yongbyon Separation Plant - A plutonium separation facility ("Radiological Research Lab") was built at Yongbyon in 1987. This plant is
capable of handling several hundreds of tons of fuel a year, enough to handle fuel from all of the reactors , some 33 lb. of plutonium annually.. The
plutonium factory for the nuclear weapons is a single story building constructed on top the main plutonium reprocessing facility, deep underground. In
1993, N Korea completed a second plant, doubling its capacity for plutonium production.
Taechon I and II were what almost sent us to War with N Korea under the riegn of Clinton in the mid-late 1990's due to the high amounts of material
the plants would provide Kim. Those plants were never completed due to embargo's, yet most people don't realize that N Korea already had the Nuke.
It is thought by many, that the official announcement by N Korea in 2002 is when they were able to fit it on a missile, as they had the Nuke for 10
years prior to that point.
Getting "The Bomb" has, imo, come at great expense to the N Korea. The lack of power generation has killed all but government subsidized industry
and destroyed the economy.
Now, if Kim is willing to do all that to his own people, imagine what he is willing to do to us. This threat is very severe indeed.
A nuclear strike on America by North Korea would end our time as a Super Power.
[edit on 4-7-2006 by crisko]