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Thermal images of North Korea's main nuclear site have shown that Pyongyang may have reprocessed more plutonium than previously thought and could be used to increase its stockpile of nuclear weapons, according to a US research center.
The analysis of the 38 North Center, a North Korean surveillance project based in Washington, was based on satellite images of the radioactive chemical plant at the Yongbyon nuclear facility from September to the end of June.
The center said photographs of the uranium enrichment facility could also indicate the operation of centrifuges that could be used to increase the country's stockpile of enriched uranium, another source of bomb fuel.
It was not clear whether the activities at the Uranium plant were due to the operation of centrifuges or merely maintenance work.
North Korea produces atomic bombs using uranium and plutonium and has conducted five nuclear tests.
Officials and experts say a sixth test is likely at any time despite US-led international efforts to curb Pyongyang's program.
Experts at the North 38 Center said North Korea might have up to 20 nuclear bombs and could produce an additional one each month.