According to the United Nations Nuclear Agency, North Korea may be able to resume operations of the plutonium production reactor at the Yongbyon Nuclear Science Center and expand its possession of nuclear weapons in nuclear-weapon states.
The developments disclosed in the agency’s annual report on North Korea’s nuclear activities include President Biden’s foreign policy, along with stagnant negotiations on the dangerous withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan and the restoration of the 2015 agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. Add new challenges to the policy agenda.
“Since early July, there have been signs including cooling water emissions consistent with reactor operation,” said a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The Nyongbyon Nuclear Research Center did not appear to be active from December 2018 to early July 2021, the report said. He added that the signs that the reactor is currently in operation are consistent with the signs that North Korea is also using nearby laboratories to separate plutonium from the spent fuel previously extracted from the reactor.
The agency, which had inspectors expelled from North Korea in 2009, said the two developments were “serious problems” and clearly violated UN Security Council resolutions.