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Satellite images show signs of nuclear complex activity in North Korea

09:17, 25 November 2021
Satellite images show signs of nuclear complex activity in North Korea Photo: pixabay.com

North Korea apparently continues to use a plutonium-producing nuclear reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear research facility, a US-based resource 38 North reported.


The journalists drew attention to the steam that comes from the generator room of the reactor. In their opinion, this indicates that at least one of the generators is working. In addition, 38 North reported that the water continues to be discharged from the auxiliary pipe into the channel leading to the Kuren River.

Yongbyon complex is the largest nuclear facility in North Korea, which was founded in 1964. Following the results of the second US-DPRK summit, the North Korean side stated that Pyongyang was ready to "permanently and completely" close the nuclear facilities in Yongbyon in exchange for a partial lifting of international sanctions.

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

Throughout the recent months, Pyongyang has increased the number of launches of the missiles of different kinds, including cruise and ballistic missiles. It raised concerns, especially of its neighbors - South Korea and Japan as the latest test made the ballistic missile land in the Japan Sea. Countries in the vicinity said the unexpected rocket tests from North Korea ruin peace and stability in the region. Moreover, North Korea is prohibited by the US from testing its nuclear and ballistic missiles.