North Korea reportedly restarted Yongbyon nuclear reactor

The nuclear reactor would be up and running again. North Korea has reportedly restarted the operation of its plutonium production unit in Yongbyon, reports on Sunday. Wall Street Journal, citing a new report from the International Atomic Energy Agency. “Since the beginning of July, there have been indications, in particular of cooling water discharges, compatible with the operation of the reactor”, writes the agency in this report.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the nuclear reactor seems to have been effectively shut down between December 2018 and July 2021. The restart of the system would coincide, according to the UN agency, with the use of a laboratory adjacent to the reactor where we are working with plutonium.

This is where North Korea has been working its nuclear arsenal for decades. Its return to service would therefore imply that the country, completely closed, wishes to enrich it, posing a greater threat to its enemies.

A failure for Donald Trump

Donald Trump, the day after a first unprecedented meeting with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, was however pleased to have removed the nuclear threat from the list of North Korean threats. “Everyone can now feel more secure than the day I took office, the US president posted on Twitter. There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea. “

At the summit, the United States and North Korea agreed to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, but negotiations quickly stalled. “It will therefore be up to Joe Biden to manage one of Donald Trump’s worst failures,” Corentin Sellin, a specialist in the United States, commented this Sunday on Twitter.

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