posted on Jan, 31 2003 @ 05:37 PM
(CBS) North Korea may be making good on its threat to begin processing spent nuclear fuel rods into material that could be used in atomic weapons,
according to a newspaper account of what American surveillance satellites have detected. The eye-in-the sky photographs are not conclusive, however.
The New York Times reports that satellites have picked up increased activity throughout the month at the North's Yongbyon plant, including trucks
pulling up to the area where the spent rods are stored.
The space-based cameras cannot determine precisely what the trucks are doing, but it is possible they are moving the rods to a different location.
That could be to hide the material or to reprocess it into bomb-grade plutonium.
"The North Koreans have to recognize what kind of signals they are sending here."
Robert Einhorn, former U.S. arms control official, to the Times