North Korea Has Three Nuclear Weapons, South Korean Spy Chief Says
SEOUL, South Korea ‚Äď South Korea's intelligence chief warned that North Korea built as many as three nuclear weapons in a plutonium program under way before a 1994 accord with the United States, officials said Monday.
North Korea is believed to have extracted up to 48 pounds of plutonium and built from one to three crude nuclear weapons before it shut down its Soviet-designed, weapons-grade, plutonium-producing, graphite-moderated reactors, National Intelligence Service Director Shin Kuhn said in a report to parliament.
Under the 1994 Agreed Framework, North Korea pledged to freeze its nuclear weapons program in return for a U.S. promise to build safer light-water nuclear power plants for the nation.
However, North Korea recently admitted that it has been pursuing a clandestine program to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.