This multi-year project provides a new assessment of North Korean WMD capabilities using open sources.
A New Look at the North Korean Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Our project partners at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (CNS) are systematically examining available open sources on the North Korean nuclear fuel cycle to provide a new baseline assessment of DPRK nuclear infrastructure.
VERTIC are using fuel cycle modelling software, provided by the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory, to estimate present and historical fissile material production based on the inputs provided by CNS.
Our project partners at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) take results from VERTIC’s model and use probabilistic framework to assess priorities for verification. RUSI will also provide assessments of the chemical and biological programmes.
This project is conducted in partnership with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (CNS) and The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
This work is funded by Global Affairs Canada.