N.Korea Resumes 'Normal Operations' at Nuclear Sites

      September 16, 2015 09:24

      North Korea on Tuesday claimed all its nuclear facilities have resumed normal operations and threatened to use nuclear weapons against the U.S. and other "hostile" forces any time.

      "We're fully ready to respond anytime with nuclear weapons if the U.S. and hostile forces behave badly," the North's official Korean Central News Agency quoted a director of the atomic research institute as saying.

      The North's "nuclear scientists and engineers are performing feats every day in research and production to ensure reliable nuclear deterrence by endlessly increasing the quantitative and qualitative level of various nuclear weapons," the unnamed director claimed.

      "All nuclear facilities at Yongbyon, including a uranium enrichment plant, and a 5 MW graphite moderated reactor have been remodeled and they have begun normal operations," the director added.

      The announcement came a day after the North said it would "soon" send a satellite into space, which was read as the threat of another intercontinental ballistic missile test since the North has no viable satellite technology.

      KCNA on Monday reported, "The world will clearly see our rocket fly high at a time and a place that the [Workers] Party will set,"

      Both announcements are widely seen as boosterism ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Workers Party next month.

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