The DPRK regime is a nightmare. Thanks go out to China, Pakistan, and the now dead USSR, for helping to make North Korea the world's most deadly problem. From the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3696092.stm N Korea Warns on Nuclear Rods North Korea has said it has turned plutonium from 8,000 spent fuel rods into nuclear weapons. Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su-hon said the weapons were needed for "self-defense" against "US nuclear threat". Pyongyang has said before that it had reprocessed the rods, but has not been specific about how the material was subsequently used. Seoul has estimated that 8,000 rods is enough for up to eight weapons. In his speech to the General Assembly, Mr Choe again blamed the US' "hostile policy" for the nuclear stand-off. He was then asked in a news conference afterwards what the North Korean nuclear deterrent entailed. "We have already made clear that we have already reprocessed 8,000 wasted fuel rods and transformed them into arms," he said. Asked if the fuel had been turned into actual weapons, he replied "We declared that we weaponised this."