Five-megawatt reactor at Yongbyon makes plutonium - key ingredient for bombs
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi today warned NK was 'full steam ahead' with production
Comes after NK launched a ballistic missile off the back of a train last week
Published: | Updated:
North Korea's nuclear programme is going 'full steam ahead' and Pyongyang has restarted a reactor that 'produced plutonium for nukes,' the UN warned today.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last month warned of activity around a five-megawatt reactor in the country's main nuclear complex at Yongbyon.
It produces plutonium, one of the two key ingredients used to make bombs along with highly enriched uranium.
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said on Monday: 'In the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, [the] nuclear programme goes full steam ahead with work on plutonium separation, uranium enrichment and other activities.'
North Korea last week launched a ballistic missile off the back of a train in its latest show of strength after the South conducted its first successful launch from a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
Meanwhile, Pyongyang has been backing its ally China by warning that the new security pact between the US, UK and Australia, could spark a 'nuclear arms race'.
Kim Jong Un receives the adulation of his people at a military parade to mark the 73rd founding anniversary of the republic at Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang on September 9
A satellite image of the North Korea's main uranium enrichment plant at Yongbyon
Kim Jong Un's foreign ministry decried the Aukus alliance as one that will 'upset the strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region and trigger off a chain of nuclear arms race.'
As part of new strategic relationship, the UK and the US have agreed to share nuclear submarine technology with Australia.
The deal is widely-seen as an effort to counter Chinese expansion in the South China Sea. Beijing is one of North Korea's few allies in the region.
North Korea suspended its testing of nuclear bombs and intercontinental-range ballistic missiles that could hit the U.S. mainland in 2018, when Kim initiated diplomacy with former President Donald Trump while attempting to leverage his arsenal for badly needed sanctions relief.
Nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled since the collapse of a second Trump-Kim meeting in 2019, when the Americans rejected North Korean demands for major sanctions relief in exchange for dismantling an aging nuclear facility. That would have amounted to only a partial surrender of the North's nuclear capabilities.
The North has continued testing shorter range weapons, threatening U.S. allies South Korea and Japan in an apparent effort to pressure the Biden administration over the stalled diplomacy.
- > White House insists it DID give France advanced warning of... > North Korea is expanding its plutonium-producing nuclear... > North Korea reveals its TRAIN-based missile system that... > Taiwan and Japan's joy at AUKUS submarine pact to take on...
Share this articleShare
Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10009183/UN-warns-North-Koreas-nuclear-programme-going-steam-ahead.html1153