Two of the most politically isolated and potentially dangerous countries in world, North Korea and Iran, are expanding their nuclear energy programs, according to an Atlantic Wire article.
“Iran is poised for a major technological update of its uranium enrichment program, allowing it to vastly increase production of the material that can be used for both reactor fuel and nuclear warheads,” diplomats told the AP on Thursday.
Officials at the Atomic Energy Agency said Iran is mounting 3,132 “new-generation centrifuges,” bringing the country closer to producing a enough fissile material for a weapon.
In North Korea, the government has issued martial law, a precursor to a new nuclear test.
The upcoming weapons test which new leader Kim Jong-un has ordered to take place sometime soon, would be the third in the country’s history.
Analysts had predicted the test to occur on Kim Jong-il’s birthday, February 16, but it appears that it might happen sooner than that.