Details about the ruthless dictator’s deposits were highlighted by UN investigators tracking his weapons-of-mass-destruction programmes.They found the North attempting to sell materials for creating nuclear weapons to the highest bidder.Among the materials was a form of lithium metal, which is a key component for creating super-powered nuclear weapons.
Nuclear experts believe Lithium-6 is a sign of Kim’s ambition to attach miniature nuclear warheads to ballistic missiles, which he has fired four of in this year already.They also see it as a sign of the hermit state’s ambitions to create advanced weapons.
Former Pentagon official Henry Sokolski said: “Lithium-6 is ideal, not only for making tritium for boosting fission devices, but also for directly fuelling advanced weapons – including thermonuclear bombs.”
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When enriched by 40%, lithium-6 can be used to produced tritium, used to create fission bombs and hydrogen bombs.High levels of the element on its own can be used for fuelling H-Bombs.
Nuclear defence expert Greg Jones explained: “It could be used for either and neither is good.”
According to the UN report, North Korea tried to sell the lithium-6 online through a Pyongyang state owned company specialising in military equipment.Senator Cory Gardner added: “The UN Panel of Expert’s report on North Korea provides further evidence that North Korea will stop at nothing to advance its illicit nuclear and missile programmes.”The fact that the tubby tyrant is willing to sell lithium-6 suggests the North has an abundance of the material.
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The report adds: “This sales attempt suggests that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has access to remaining quantities of the material.”
Investigators did not manage to identify a buyer for the deadly substance.
The despot nation has previously sold nuclear missile technology to Iran, Syria, Egypt and Yemen.