Seoul, 31 August 2021 (TDI): The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “United Nations’ nuclear watchdog”, said that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea appeared to have restarted operations in North Korea’s best-known nuclear complex, Yongbyon, producing plutonium for nuclear weapons, on Friday last week, August 27.
According to IAEA’s annual report, Yongbyon reactor, “the heart” of its nuclear program, showed signs of operation for the first time since late 2018. It spotted the 5-megawatt Yongbyon plant north of the capital.
In an annual issue report released on Sunday, IAEA said the reactor has been discharging cooling water since July. It produces plutonium for nuclear weapons (one of the two key ingredients used to build nuclear weapons) and highly enriched uranium (another ingredient produced in other facilities).
The watchdog has relied on satellite imagery and open-source information. In this case, experts monitor the place to carry out assessments. In recent weeks, it has seen new signs of activity.