The world is worried that North Korea has reopened the Yongbyon nuclear reactor, which enables nuclear enrichment for nuclear weapons. The information was released by the International Atomic Energy Agency. It is alleged that North Korea is now reactivating the 5-megawatt plant to enrich its armed plutonium. The last operation was in 2018. Later he was lying idle for some time.
People say there is evidence that nuclear enrichment has been going on here since July this year. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found evidence of leaks in refrigerant water used in nuclear reactors. The evidence came from satellite imagery. But Jenny Town, director of the U.S. 38 North project, which oversees North Korea, said it was “strange” that the nuclear reactor had started operating at this time. Jenny says flooding is imminent in North Korea, which could cause flooding and disruption of nuclear reactor systems. Jenny said the reactor’s operations could also lead to environmental problems.
Yongbyon is the largest nuclear power plant complex in North Korea. It is located 100 km from the country’s capital, Pyongyang. During a meeting with US President Donald Trump in 2019, King Jong suggested that the Yongbyon nuclear reactor could be demolished if sanctions imposed on North Korea were lifted. But Trump refused. Trump told King Jong Un that Yongbyon was only part of North Korea’s nuclear program and that it was not enough to remove it alone.
Since then, there have been no talks with the US or North Korea. But enrichment had not taken place in Yongbyon. Joe Biden, the recently elected US president, was in talks with North Korea. But Kim said he was not ready for any talks without changing US policy.
At the same time, there were reports of large-scale uranium mining in Pyongyang and nuclear enrichment in another area, Kongson.
English Summary: North Korea Has Restarted Nuclear Plant in ‘Deeply Troubling Development’, Says UN Agency