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North Korea suspected of restarting nuclear reactor

11:41, 30 August 2021
North Korea suspected of restarting nuclear reactor Photo: ZUMAPRESS.com/Global Look Press

North Korea could have gotten its nuclear reactor started to produce plutonium at the Yongbyon station, according to a report of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency).


The report notes that the experts have detected the indicators of operating reactors as a discharge of cooling water since July.

It appears that North Korea is able to resume plutonium and enriched uranium production to build a nuclear weapon.

IAEA explained that plutonium production has been halting since December 2018. Nevertheless, North Korea utilized a lab nearby the station to reproduce radioactive substances from discharged fuel.

 “North Korea's nuclear activities continue to be a cause for serious concern. Furthermore, the new indications of the operation of the 5-megawatt reactor and the radiochemical laboratory are deeply troubling,” the IAEA reported.

The Yongbyon station is the main and biggest Korean nuclear complex. However, it’s unknown how many hazardous substances have been produced in recent months.

The IAEA experts have no access to the Yongbyon station since the Korean authorities had kicked agency officers out in 2009. In this regard, the IAEA has to collect all the data using satellites and open source.

North Korea has recently stated that it would restart the nuclear program if the US continues to pursue aggressive policies towards North Korea.

Earlier the head of IAEA Rafael Grossi said that the agency found indications of enriched uranium production in Kangson as well.