North Korea overcomes poverty, sanctions with cut-price nukes




 
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North Korea overcomes poverty, sanctions with cut-price nukes
 
January 11th, 2016  
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North Korea overcomes poverty, sanctions with cut-price nukes
By James Pearson and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has developed a nuclear weapons program despite poverty and international sanctions, using home-grown technology and virtually free labor to cut costs, experts said. South Korean government analysis has put North Korea's nuclear spending at $1.1 billion to $3.2 billion overall, although experts say it is impossible to make an accurate calculation given the secrecy surrounding the program, and estimates vary widely. The isolated North's claim that its fourth and most recent test, conducted last week, was of a more advanced and powerful hydrogen bomb has been widely doubted, although experts said it is possible Pyongyang took the intermediate step of boosting an atomic bomb with hydrogen isotopes.




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