The International Atomic Energy Agency is concerned that this could lead to Pyongyang continuing its nuclear development program in violation of UN resolutions.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA), North Korea appears to be restarting its plutonium producing reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex.
“Since July’s beginning, there have been indications, in particular the spillage cooling water, compatible to the operation of this reactor.”According to the agency’s annual report, it was
This report dated Friday August 27 states that the Yongbyon nuclear reactor was shut down in December 2018.
This reactor has a 5 megawatt capacity and could be restarted by Pyongyang, which would mean that Pyongyang continues its nuclear development program in flagrant disregard of UN Security Council resolutions.
The future of the nuclear complex was a major issue at the second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. It ended in Hanoi in 2019.
North Korea offered to dismantle a part of the Yongbyon Complex but not its other nuclear generator infrastructure in exchange for a waiver “Partially”Economic sanctions. Washington rejected this offer and negotiations between the two countries have been stalled.
Multiple international sanctions have been placed on the reclusive regime for its military programs, which include nuclear. These were banned under Kim Jong-un’s reign.
IAEA experts were expelled in North Korea in 2009. Since then, the agency has been monitoring activities of the country from abroad.
According to recent reports, Pyongyang has also used a nearby radiochemical lab to separate the plutonium fuel from the spent fuel.
Laboratory and reactor signs are “Deeply troubling”According to the IAEA these activities are a part of a “Clear violation”Resolutions of the United Nations
The North Korean Yongbyon nuclear complex is about 100 km north from Pyongyang. It includes dozens of buildings connected to the North Korean program.
This was the location where North Korea’s original reactor, which is North Koreas only known source for plutonium, was built in 1986. Yongbyon will not be the country’s sole uranium enrichment site, so its closing does not mean the end to the country’s nuclear programme.