Hwang Jang-Yop told South Korean lawmakers the communist state completed preparations for an underground nuclear test in 1996.
"As far as I know it has piled up a considerable amount of enriched uranium," he told a meeting hosted by the minor opposition Liberal Forward Party (LFP), a party spokesperson said.
The LFP’s Park Sun-Yong also quoted Hwang, 85, as saying the North’s recent move to restart its nuclear weapons program was a bargaining tactic to earn concessions from
Hwang, former secretary of the North’s ruling Workers Party and an ex-tutor of leader Kim Jong-Il, defected during a trip to
The South and the
The North has told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) it would start work to resume plutonium reprocessing at its Yongbyon complex, possibly within a week. It has barred IAEA from the reprocessing plant.