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‘Business as Usual’ at North Korea’s Primary Nuclear Weapons Reactor

Judging by satellite images of the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center, North Korea’s primary reactor for creating weapons-grade nuclear material might be up and running. There is clearly activity at the plant, although skeptical analysts say it is difficult to ascertain precisely what the reactor is doing without a ground-level inspection.

The Associated Press

Report: North Korea Ramps Up Weapons-Grade Plutonium Reactor

A new report on the status of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility indicates that Pyongyang has restarted its plutonium reactor, possibly to generate enough fuel for a nuclear bomb. North Korea has executed five nuclear tests, which have all received condemnation from the international community.

YONGBYON NUCLEAR FACILITY, NORTH KOREA - JANUARY 22, 2017: Figure 2. Water plume originating from the 5Mwe Reactor cooling water outlet. Date: January 22, 2017. Mandatory credit for all images: DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images