Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


May 2, 2013 - CISAC In the News

Hecker discusses what's next for North Korea in Vienna talk

CISAC's Siegfried Hecker spoke about North Korea's nuclear program at a seminar in Vienna. Based on estimates from his visits to the country, most recently in 2010, Pyongyang does not have the technical capability to back up the threats it has issued.

Although North Korea's capacity to produce fissile materials are limited, Hecker stressed the importance of tight import and export controls to limit uranium enrichment. He estimates that it will take six months for the Yongbyon nuclear reactor to restart and two years of operation before Pyongyang can produce enough plutonium for one bomb annually. 

Hecker also discussed the possibility of illicit nuclear exports from the DPRK, and potential solutions to deal with the crisis. 

Topics: Nuclear nonproliferation | Nuclear safety and security | North Korea