The United Nations Nuclear Agency (IAEA) said that North Korea has resumed operations of its main nuclear reactor. The agency said North Korea had openly threatened to increase its nuclear power once again amid a long-running passive nuclear policy with the United States.
The International Atomic Energy Agency’s annual report is regarding a five-megawatt reactor at North Korea’s main nuclear complex in Yongbyon, north of Pyongyang. This reactor produces plutonium, which along with enriched uranium is one of the two major elements used to make nuclear weapons. The IAEA report said that since early July 2021, there have been several indications, including a discharge of cold water, according to the reactor’s operation.
Operations of Yongbyon’s radiochemical lab indicated
There were indications of Yongbyon’s radiochemical lab operating from mid-February to early July this year, the report said. The report also said that the signs of irradiated fuel coming out of North Korea’s reactor are similar to those of previous missions.
North Korea’s nuclear activities are a matter of serious concern
Plutonium is extracted by reprocessing the fuel rods used in the laboratory. The IAEA has said that North Korea’s nuclear activities continue to be a cause for serious concern. In addition, new indications of the operation of the 5-MW reactor and radiochemical lab are more troubling.
North Korea appears to have resumed nuclear reactor operations: IAEA
The United Nations nuclear agency has said that North Korea appears to have resumed operation of its main nuclear reactor used to produce weapons fuel. Annual Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) It refers to a five-megawatt reactor at North Korea’s main nuclear complex in Yongbyon, northern Pyongyang. The reactor produces plutonium, which along with highly enriched uranium is one of the two major ingredients used to make nuclear weapons.