An international nuclear watchdog has warned that North Korea does not show any signs of discontinuing its main nuclear research…
An international nuclear watchdog has warned that North Korea does not show any signs of discontinuing its main nuclear research site despite the assertion of President Donald Trump that the country is moving towards nuclear power.
United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a statement on Thursday which notes that North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility remains operational and also shows signs of expansion, says Reuters.
Yongbyon is considered to be the plant that provides fissile material for North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Pyongyang is believed to have enough material for about 60 units according to the US intelligence estimates from 201
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The new IAEA declaration noted that new components now appear to have been introduced into Yongbyon for use in light water the reactor was built there.
The IAEA head Yukiya Amano explained: “At the light water reactor, the Agency also observed activities consistent with the production of reactor components and the possible transfer of these components into the reactor building,” reporting on the period since August.
The country has so far carried out six nuclear tests, the latest taking place in September 2017. The regime has since frozen the test program, first in diplomatic tensions with South Korea and the United States and later an unexpected tinning in the relations between the two sides.
At the historic summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June, both leaders sign an agreement to move towards the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear power and lasting peace. But the document was rightly rejected as too vague and missing in detail.
Although Trump and State Secretary Mike Pompeo have repeated times assured the international community – at least in general – that Pyongyang will move to nuclear material, the result has been elusive.
The president takes up the North Korean summit as one of his major foreign policy advances, but many observers and opponents believe that Trump was played by Kim – gave the young dictator an invaluable propaganda cup and offers to stop the US military exercises for nothing in return.
Several follow-up meetings have been held between US and North Korean officials since the June Summit. But in recent weeks negotiations on denuclearization have stopped. Earlier this month, the Nordic Region announced that it would not send representatives to high-level talks with Pompeo in New York.
The IAEA has not been granted access to North Korea’s nuclear sites since 2009 and thus can not confirm its results. Most of their surveillance efforts are now based on satellite imagery.
The watchdog’s report also noted continued work at the nearby Kuryong River, which has been dammed to increase water supply to the planned reactor or current experimental, which usually cools the systems. The existing reactor has an effect of 5 megawatts, Reuters explained.
In a September meeting with officials from South Korea, Nordic representatives said that the country would be ready to permanently dismantle Yongbyon for the equivalent action from the United States