March 08, 2022 12:48
The International Atomic Energy Agency has detected activities at a 5-megawatt reactor at North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear complex, the agency said Monday.
The reactor is capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said it has spotted the activities recently. But no activities to separate plutonium from nuclear waste have been detected since July last year, he added.
Monitors also detected new activities at another recently detected secret facility in Kangson south of Pyongyang and at a uranium mine in Pyongsan, suggesting that the regime is continuing nuclear weapons production.
"The continuation of the [North's] nuclear program is a clear violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions and is deeply regrettable," Rossi said.
The North is thought to have secured enough nuclear materials to make more than 50 nuclear bombs.
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