The late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il ordered his scientists to produce “a massive amount” of uranium bombs, according to internal regime documents, reports in Japan.
The instruction was revealed in papers believed to have been compiled in February this year for senior officials of the ruling Workers’ Party, the Mainichi Shimbun and Tokyo Shimbun said.
Pyongyang has long maintained that it was enriching uranium solely for the purpose of power generation, despite widespread suspicion in the outside world.
But the document, detailing domestic and foreign policies, said Kim Jong-Il — who died in December — ordered the production of nuclear weapons using both uranium and plutonium.
It refers to spot inspections on uranium-enrichment facilities carried out by US experts in November 2010, which followed plutonium bomb tests in 2006 and 2009.
The Mainichi said the document was believed to be intended to make it clear to party cadres that new leader Kim Jong-Un had inherited his late father’s strategy of attempting to develop nuclear weapons to protect his regime.