August 17, 2012 10:52
North Korea could have up to 48 nuclear weapons by the end of 2016, a U.S. think tank claims.
The latest report by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security made such an estimate after reviewing the North's centrifuge program and light-water reactors.
The amount of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium Pyongyang can make depends on the level at which it uses its centrifuge plants.
The report added that multi-pronged international efforts, such as the resumption of the stalled six-party talks, are the best way to respond to the country's nuclear threat.
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