Japan: possible North Korea has advanced nuclear arms


Japanese Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said the possibility that North Korea’s nuclear arms development is fairly advanced cannot be ruled out.

“North Korea’s uranium enrichment activities are a highly worrisome development … We cannot rule out the possibility that their nuclear arms programme is fairly advanced,” Kitazawa told a news conference, Reuters reports.

North Korea’s shelling of a South Korean island on Tuesday, the heaviest attack on its neighbour since the Korean War ended in 1953, came days after comments by Siegfried Hecker of Stanford University that he had been shown hundreds of centrifuges during a tour of the Yongbyong nuclear complex in North Korea.