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North Korea appears to restart nuclear reactor

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  • 30th August, 2021 03:23:16 PM
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North Korea appears to restart nuclear reactor

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North Korea appears to have restarted its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, the UN atomic agency has said in a report.

Plutonium, which is used for nuclear weapons, is believed to be produced at the reactor's complex, reports BBC.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was expelled by Pyongyang in 2009 but relies on satellite imagery to carry out assessments.

The watchdog said the reactor has been discharging cooling water since July, suggesting it is operational.

Yongbyon, a nuclear complex with a 5-megawatt reactor, is at the heart of North Korea's nuclear programme.

This was the first sign of operational activity at the reactor since December 2018, months after US President Donald Trump met Kim Jong-un in Singapore, according to the IAEA.

Yongbyon has long been monitored from afar by experts trying to get an idea of how many weapons the regime is capable of producing.