North Korean leader Kim Jong Un salutes during a visit to the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces on the occasion of the new year, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 10, 2016. Reuters
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North Korea has developed a nuclear weapons program despite poverty and international sanctions, using homegrown technology and virtually free labor to cut costs, experts said.However, the weapons that North Korea has tested thus far are comparatively small and based mostly on less sophisticated fission, or atomic bomb, technology.A former South Korean official involved in nuclear diplomacy with North Korea told Reuters previously that it was likely the North's nuclear program was cutting corners on safety, further driving down costs.North Korea was at the bottom of a 2011 list on nuclear arms spending by Global Zero, a group campaigning to rid the world of nuclear weapons.That gray economy has eclipsed the official one, experts said, and generates so much wealth that, after previous nuclear tests, wealthy traders known as "donju," or "masters of money," were arbitrarily and suddenly taxed by the state to pay for the nuclear program, according to one report.
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