N.Korea Continues Nuclear Program

      August 28, 2017 09:41

      North Korea is continuing to operate a 5 MW nuclear reactor and uranium enrichment plant in Yongbyon, North Pyongan Province, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in an annual report last week.

      "There were indications consistent with the reactor's operation, including steam discharges and the outflow of cooling water," the report said. "Construction work was undertaken on a building that adjoins the reported centrifuge enrichment facility."

      It said there has been increasing assembly of specific components at the construction site.

      The IAEA then urged Pyongyang to meet its obligations under UN Security Council resolutions and cooperate immediately with the IAEA in implementing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

      In 1994, the U.S. agreed to build the North a light-water nuclear reactor at Sinpo in North Hamgyong Province, whose waste cannot be turned into weapons-grade plutonium, if it suspended the Yongbyon reactor, but that plan fell apart in 2002.

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