The Nuclear Weapons Club Could Get Bigger

| Walter Pincus
Walter Pincus
Columnist, The Cipher Brief

OPINION — One result from the Hanoi Summit: North Korea continues to be a member of the elite nuclear weapons club, and probably will remain so for years to come.

National Security Advisor John Bolton, on CBS Face the Nation on Sunday, acknowledged that North Korea kept producing weapons grade nuclear fuel, despite suspending nuclear tests. Pyongyang reportedly has more than 30 nuclear weapons and fissile material for another six or seven more.

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The Author is Walter Pincus

Walter Pincus is a Columnist and the Senior National Security Reporter at The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics.  In 2002, he and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He also won an Emmy in 1981 and the 2010 Arthur Ross Award from the American Academy for Diplomacy.  He can be reached at wpincus@thecipherbrief.com.

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