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North Korea Is Back Producing Plutonium

Yongbyon reactor could yield 13 pounds per year

(Newser) - North Korea is showing no signs of abandoning its quest for nuclear weapons. A State Department official tells Reuters the country has restarted a 5-megawatt nuclear reactor at its main nuclear complex at Yongbyon to get plutonium. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday there were "indications" that was... More »

N. Korea: We're Ready to Use Nukes Against US

Pyongyang says it has restarted all atomic bomb fuel production plants

(Newser) - A day after threatening rocket launches, North Korea declared today that it has revamped and restarted all its atomic bomb fuel production plants. The back-to-back announcements—which many outside analysts consider threats designed to spur talks with the US that could eventually provide impoverished North Korea with concessions—will push... More »

IAEA: There's Activity at N. Korea Reactor Site

But agency can't confirm if reactor has been restarted

(Newser) - North Korea vowed to restart its Yongbyon reactor in April, and the International Atomic Energy Agency today indicates that the country continues to head down that path. Relying largely on satellite imagery, the IAEA's chief noted that "activities have been observed at the site that are consistent with... More »

White Steam Spotted at N. Korea Reactor

Satellite image suggests Pyongyang is probably restarting reactor

(Newser) - A fresh satellite image shows white steam coming from a building in North Korea, and a US research group says that likely means the country is nearly ready to restart a reactor capable of producing plutonium—or may have already started it. "The white coloration and volume are consistent... More »

North Korea's Reactor Reboot Has Begun: Report

Construction can be seen in satellite photos: Think tank

(Newser) - Looks like North Korea may be making good on at least one of its threats: After saying it would restart its Yongbyon nuclear reactor , it has apparently launched construction on the site, according to a US think tank. The construction appears visible in a March 27 satellite image of Yongbyon,... More »

North Korea's New Threat: We're Restarting Reactor

Ban Ki-moon fears country is on a 'collision course'

(Newser) - The latest in the almost-daily series of threats from Pyongyang is a vow to restart its Yongbyon nuclear reactor and other facilities to "bolster up the nuclear armed force" and provide electricity, according to a rep for the country's Department of Atomic Energy. The Yongbyon reactor was shut... More »

North Korea to Halt Nuclear Activities

Country will receive food aid in return

(Newser) - North Korea will suspend uranium enrichment and has agreed to a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests; it has also agreed to allow International Atomic Energy Inspectors to verify and monitor the moratoriums and confirm disablement of its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. Today's joint announcement suggests North Korea... More »

North Korea Boasts About Nuke Plant

Pyongyang unveils details of 'peaceful' nuclear program

(Newser) - With tensions high on the Korean peninsula, North Korea has decided now would be a good time to let the world know that its nuclear program is going swimmingly. Pyongyang officials, offering the first details on what it says is a peaceful nuclear program, boasted that North Korea is building... More »

North Korea Nuke Facility Rattles Experts

'Our minds went blank,' says stunned Stanford scientist

(Newser) - American scientists were stunned by the advances North Korea has made in its nuclear technology, as revealed in its new facility, they told ABC News . "None of the experts that I knew predicted the North Koreans could build anything like this," said Stanford University scientist Robert Carlin, who... More »

N. Korea Says It's Done With Nuke Talks

UN's 'unbearable insult' sparks threat to re-start plutonium production

(Newser) - North Korea has vowed to never again take part in talks over its nuclear program after the "unbearable insult" of the UN Security Council's condemnation of its rocket launch, the BBC reports. A strongly worded statement from the country's foreign ministry also threatened to reactivate its partially dismantled nuclear... More »

N. Korea Restarts Nuke Program

Pyongyang tells IAEA to remove seals from processing plant

(Newser) - North Korea plans to reactivate its nuclear program and will start reinserting plutonium-producing nuclear material within a week, reports the AP. Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, said that his inspectors removed all agency seals and surveillance equipment from the country's main nuclear facility.... More »

Seoul: N. Korea Is Rebuilding Nuclear Plant

US blamed for not removing Pyongyang from state terror list

(Newser) - South Korea today claimed Pyongyang is restoring its nuclear facilities, just days after stopping disablement work, the AP reports. North Korea blames America for not holding up its end of the deal by failing to follow through on a June promise to reward nuclear disarmament progress by removing it from... More »

N. Korea Suspends Nuclear Shutdown

Country threatens to restore weapons plant to working order

(Newser) - North Korea has halted the disablement of its nuclear facilities and says it may restore a reactor that can make material for atomic weapons, Reuters reports. Analysts say the move, which follows a visit to arch-enemy South Korea by pseudo-ally and Chinese President Hu Jintao, appears to be an effort... More »

N. Korea OKs Nuclear Inspections

But process may be mired in details until after Bush presidency

(Newser) - North Korean disarmament talks took another halting step today, as the nation agreed in principle to a deal for invasive nuclear inspections, the Washington Post reports. Pyongyang has promised to finish dismantling its Yongbyon reactor by October, and will let inspectors verify that it's down. But negotiators in the six-nation... More »

N. Korea Blows Up Nuclear Tower

Move both symbolic and practical, since tower would take year to rebuild

(Newser) - North Korea demolished the biggest symbol of its nuclear program today, destroying the water tower of its Yongbyon plutonium facility, which had been used to extract plutonium to build nuclear weapons until it was decommissioned last year. But the huge implosion wasn’t just symbolic—the tower would take at... More »

N. Korea Opens Nuke Plant to Foreign Media

Controversial Yongbyon facility at core of disarmament talks

(Newser) - North Korea opened its controversial Yongbyon nuclear reactor to the foreign media yesterday, the first time the 5-megawatt plant at the core of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and the target of international disarmament talks has been seen by journalists,  ABC News reports. The visit seemed to be... More »

US Places Diplomat in N. Korea

First Pyongyang official lays groundwork for permanent presence

(Newser) - Washington has had a "permanent" diplomat stationed in Pyongyang since mid-month, a source tells the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, marking the first time a US official has been assigned full-time to North Korea. The move is seen as a precursor to possible normalization of relations between the US... More »

North Korea Disabling Nukes

US experts supervising program

(Newser) - North Korea has begun disabling its nuclear installations under the supervision of a team of nine US experts, reports Agence France Presse. Work started at plutonium production facilities in the Yongbyon complex, where North Korea has already shut down a reactor. "Obviously, it is going to take some time,... More »

N. Korea Agrees to Ban Nukes

Move could lead to friendlier relations with US

(Newser) - North Korea has promised to disable all of its nuclear facilities by the end of this year, the BBC reports, possibly paving the way for warmer relations between the US and a country it now lists as a supporter of terror. After meeting with representatives from the North, US negotiator... More »

US May Take North Korea Off Terror List

Status change could come before nukes are dismantled

(Newser) - The US may be willing to remove North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, qualifying the country for American aid and World Bank loans, before Pyongyang has dismantled its nuclear weapons program. In the run-up to talks with North Korean officials in Geneva this weekend, the lead... More »

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