WASHINGTON: Satellite images show a high level of activity at North Korea’s main nuclear facility, a US policy think tank reported on Saturday (April 1) after the North Korean leader’s exit. order to increase production of bomb fuel to expand the country’s nuclear arsenal.
The Washington-based 38 North Korea monitoring project said the activity it detected, based on images from March 3 and March 17, could indicate that the experimental Light Water Reactor ( ELWR) at the Yongbyon site is nearing completion and transitioning to an operational state. .
The report said the images showed a 5-megawatt reactor at Yongbyon continuing to operate and construction had begun on a support building around the ELWR.
Furthermore, wastewater was detected from that reactor’s cooling system. New construction has also begun around Yongbyon’s uranium enrichment plant, potentially expanding its capabilities.
“These developments appear to reflect Kim Jong Un’s recent directive to increase the country’s production of fissile material to expand its nuclear arsenal,” the report added, referring to the leader. Korean religion.