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North Korea Restarted Operations With Nuclear Reactor, According To Un Agency

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North Korea is believed to have recently restarted a nuclear reactor, according to the United Nations’ atomic watchdog, The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The particular reactor in question is believed to have produced plutonium for nuclear weapons, Reuters reported Sunday. The IAEA has been restricted from entering North Korea since the country expelled the groups’ inspectors in 2009. The IAEA monitors and observes North Korea from afar through satellite imagery, according to Reuters.

“There were no indications of reactor operation from early December 2018 to the beginning of July 2021,” the IAEA said in their annual report. “However, since early July 2021, there have been indications, including the discharge of cooling water, consistent with the operation of the reactor.”

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