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Plutonium for what?
North Korea has reportedly bought 20 tons of tributyl phosphate (TBP) from Chinese chemical companies, sources say. TBP is commonly used to extract plutonium and uranium in the production of nuclear weapons. Along with Pyongyang’s recent request to the International Atomic Energy Agency to gain access to nuclear storage facilities, nuclear arms specialists have taken this purchase as a sign that North Korea is moving forward with its nuclear arms development program, despite warnings from the United States and other countries. Washington has yet to comment on Pyongyang’s TBP purchase.