March 29, 2018 13:58
North Korea is suspected of having begun preliminary testing in February of a new reactor at its nuclear complex in Yongbyon.
The New York Times on Tuesday said the new reactor "could be a central issue in the [U.S.-North Korea] talks," citing Jane's Intelligence Review.
Satellite images suggest that activities around the light-water reactor in Yongbyon noticeably increased last month. According to the Institute for Science and International Security, the reactor can produce about 20 kg of plutonium for nuclear weapons a year.
The NYT speculated it "could also be part of the justification for military action" by U.S. President Donald Trump if the U.S.-North Korea talks on denuclearization fail.
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