North Korea is planning to restart its nuclear weapons program, according to secret satellite photographs.
NORTH Korea appears to be ramping up activities at Kim Jong-secretive un’s Yongbyon nuclear plant, according to satellite images, raising fears that the Hermit State is about to reactivate its nuclear weapons program.
The 38 North website’s study comes just days after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cited new evidence of the 5MW(e) reactor’s and radiochemical (reprocessing) laboratory’s activities at Yongbyon as “very alarming.” “Commercial satellite imagery of the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre gives fresh indication that activities at the 5 MWe Reactor have likely restarted,” the paper said, co-authored by Frank Pabian, Jenny Town, and Jack Liu.
“Satellite imagery from August 25 shows a discharge of cooling water into a new outflow channel heading into the Kuryong River, which is consistent with a recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”
“Historically, this has been one of the primary markers of reactor operations,” it continues. Unlike previous periods when the reactor was operational, however, no steam has been observed emanating from the generator building.”
On August 25, the Pleiades satellite captured all of the images.
The first two depict an overview of the reactor region and a close-up of the reactor outfall, while the third claims that “no visible smoke emission from the Thermal Plant servicing the Radiochemical Laboratory.”
“This latest action is the first sign of reactor operations since spring of 2018,” the report continues.
“Since then, there has been regular traffic in and around the reactor region, which is most likely indicative of maintenance or other reactor start-up activities.”
According to the experts, work on a dam in the Kuryong River to produce a reservoir of water for the 5 MWe Reactor and Experimental Light Water Reactor (ELWR) has been ongoing for several months.
“This work looks to have been completed,” they wrote, “although it will undoubtedly be put to the test by seasonal flooding in the following weeks.”
“There have been no apparent indicators that the ELWR has begun operations,” the three said.
“At the same time, a series of photos dating back to early July show that operations at the Thermal (Steam) Plant, which supplies steam to the Radiochemical Laboratory for reprocessing activities, had been suspended since early July.
“The.”Brinkwire Summary News,” according to the IAEA report.