The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a new report that North Korea is likely to have restarted its main nuclear reactor at Yongbyon in recent months. North Korea’s main nuclear complex shut down about three years ago.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said that since the beginning of July 2021 there have been indications, including the discharge of cooling water, that correspond to the operation of the reactor. The agency described the development as “extremely disturbing” and a clear violation of United Nations resolutions.
The nuclear center in Yongbyon was established in the 1960s. The now outdated facility was the crown jewel of North Korea’s nuclear program and for a long time the country’s only facility for making fissile material. The reactor has a capacity of five megawatts.
North Korea’s nuclear program has been a concern of the international community for decades.
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