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North Korea's Not-So-Hidden Agenda Raises the Ante

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Science  30 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5624, pp. 1358-1361
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5624.1358

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North Korea's off-the-cuff claim last month that it has nuclear weapons came as sobering news to world leaders. Yet a more fundamental issue, weapons experts say, is the recent discovery of a new wrinkle in the country's weapons program that makes it less, rather than more, transparent: the apparent addition of a uranium bombmaking project to its presumed plutonium-based effort.