North Korea develops nuclear fusion technology: state media
North Korea announced today it has succeeded in developing a nuclear fusion reaction. It represents “a breakthrough” in its development of nuclear technology, according to the North’s state media.
"Nuclear fusion is a breakthrough event that shows North Korea's cutting-edge technology that is leaping forward," said the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling Workers’ Party.
It added that the North "made a definite breakthrough toward the development of new energy and opened up a new phase in the nation's development of the latest science and technology."
Fusion reactions are a cleaner alternative to the fission reactions that power conventional nuclear reactors. But fusion reactions for the purposes of energy generation have not yet left the realm of experimentation.
The paper didn’t say whether the technology would be used to develop atomic weapons. Fusion reactions result in a thermonuclear explosion, such as one generated by a hydrogen bomb.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has recently reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization. But the country remains a suspect in the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan and South Korea and the United States have said there would be no six-party nuclear talks before the completion of the probe into the sinking.
By Yoo Jee-ho [email@example.com]