Signs suggest N Korea has restarted n-reactor

The satellite images showed steam emerging from a generator building adjacent to the 5-megawatt reactor.

Written by New York Times | Seoul | Published:October 4, 2013 2:42 am

North Korea’s main nuclear complex was discharging hot waste water in a further sign that the country has restarted a Soviet-era nuclear reactor there that it had used to obtain plutonium fuel for atomic bombs,an American research institute said on Thursday.

Using commercial satellite imagery,the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University has been monitoring the nuclear complex in Yongbyon,north of Pyongyang,the North Korean capital. Last month,it reported that satellite images from late August showed steam emerging from a generator building adjacent to the 5-megawatt reactor,which it said suggested that North Korea was following through on its vow to restart it.

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