N.Korea 'Doubles Size of Uranium Facility'

  • By Kim Jin-myung

    March 22, 2017 11:56

    North Korea has doubled the size of a facility for enriching uranium in recent years, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

    Yukiya Amano said the North is "rapidly advancing its capacity to produce nuclear weapons on two fronts: the production of plutonium at its Yongbyon nuclear facility and the enrichment of uranium. The situation is very bad... It has gone into a new phase."

    Since IAEA inspectors were expelled in 2009, the IAEA has kept monitoring the pace of the regime's nuclear development based on satellite images of its nuclear facilities and other information.

    Analysis of satellite images led to the conclusion that the size of the Yongbyon nuclear facility, which is also believed to be used to enrich uranium, has doubled since 2009.

    "All of the indications point to the fact that North Korea is making progress, as they declared," Amano added.

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