Us says beginning defensive measures to protect its citizens from the looming nuclear threat is what has prompted it to step up its work with countries that are currently testing high-level nuclear materials.
Last month, North Korea launched a large submarine to test a nuclear weapon. Pyongyang has repeatedly threatened military action against the U.S. since the regime’s 2011 launch of a rocket carrying a nuclear warhead.
“One of the things that will help deter the threat from North Korea is to use technology that is highly enriched uranium. We are ????working very closely with others on this. We believe if they are smart, they will want to have the right technology for us, and we will want to have the right technology for them,” Prakash told the Washington Free Beacon. “We know there are other countries out there that are willing to do just that. We will ensure that those nations use it as we do.”
“They have to get off that. They have to get off that that they’re going to be in it. So you have to find ways of not only deterring them but having deterrents at those places that are more easily accessible. We are focused on the North Korean nuclear program but we need to work with many of the countries who are not doing anything, but are in the field like Japan, South Korea, and China. I can’t give you specific numbers, but those are nations that we can find allies. And then we’re going to find ways of making those countries deterring others from going after tgta5???hem with their own nuclear weapons.”
The Nuclear Threat Initiative, which Prakash founded and runs through the Office of the National Intelligence Director, is an influential group of U.S. intelligence officials and intelligence experts and serves as a conduit to various nuclear weapons states.
It’s believed that several countries around the world are testing high-level nuclear materials, from uranium enriched to at least 100 percent for weapons use and from plutonium which is already used in nuclear weapons.
Prakash said the group works with multiple intelligence agencies to track all of the country’s nuclear weapons work, from res????? ????earch to testing, and provide guidance on the most effective countermeasures.