North Korea: The Foundations for Military Strength -- Update 1995
December 1995

North Korean Reactors

North Korea has developed graphite-moderated, gas-cooled reactors based on the British Calder Hall reactors. The North Korean reactors are refereed to by the electrical power rating in megawatts. Reactors are sometimes referred to by the thermal power rating because that number is more directly related to a reactor's plutonium production capacity. For comparison, the two light-water-moderated reactors to be provided under the Agreed Framework (AF) will produce 1,000 MW of electricity each.