July 18, 2013 - CISAC In the News
Hecker: North Korea ready for fourth nuclear test
Appeared in Reuters, July 17, 2013
According to nuclear expert Siegfried Hecker, North Korea is prepared for a fourth nuclear test. He believes that North Korea needs additional tests to miniaturize and refine a bomb that could fit onto a delivery vehicle, such as a missile. The country is weighing the benefits of further testing; increased pressure and disapproval from China could stay Pyongyang’s trigger finger. Tensions have grown between the two countries over the continuation of nuclear testing, and China’s economic and political ties to the North will play a major role in raising the costs of testing.
Hecker expressed his concerns over cooperation between Iran and North Korea, especially over the possibility of sharing nuclear test data.