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North Korea

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th October 2004.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Government assesses that North Korea has sufficient fissile material for a small number of nuclear weapons, and the technical capability to produce them. North Korea has also confirmed that it has completed the reprocessing of some 8,000 spent fuel rods, something about which we, and the international community, are very concerned.

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