North Korea conducts the Yongbyon nuclear reactor , which is in a ” terrible state ” , a situation that may result in a ” catastrophe ” on the Korean peninsula , said a source quoted by Russian news agencies . ” It is clear that work is being carried out there a long time. There are signs that this is going to restart ,” said the diplomatic source. ” The reactor , which was built in the 1950s, is in a terrible state ,” said this source. Russia has expressed concern about the implications of this potential reboot for the region. ” This could have dire consequences for the Korean peninsula, cause a catastrophe ,” said the Russian source . ” We have no evidence that the reactor is restarted ” , however, stressed the Russian source .
A think tank American said Wednesday that North Korea appeared to have restarted a nuclear reactor at the Yongbyon plant , which produces plutonium , which should allow the plan to accelerate its weapons program. A satellite photo taken on August 31 shows steam escaping from a building adjacent to the reactor with a capacity of five megawatts on the Yongbyon nuclear complex , said the US- Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University .
” Rape of the UN resolutions ”
The photograph shows that North Korea ” seems to have restart the reactor ,” the researchers said Nick Hansen and Jeffrey Lewis on the blog of the Institute. The reactor ” is capable of producing 6 kg of plutonium per year that Pyongyang could be used to slowly increase the size of its nuclear arsenal ” , they said. North Korea announced in April the next restart of the nuclear reactor , arrested in 2007 as part of an international agreement supported by the United States . The revelations about the North Korean reactor intervene when the stormy international relations with the North Korean dictatorship experiencing a slight lull after a third nuclear test in February followed by threat of attack in the United States .
” If it turns out that this information is accurate and that North Korea has restarted its plutonium reactor with a capacity of 5 megawatts , it would be a very seriousproblem ,” he told the press the American envoy to North Korea , Glyn Davies, after meeting officials of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs . It would be ” a mistake on the part of North Korea , because it clearly violates the resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations,” he said . ” This contradicts own commitments and promises given by North Korea for years ,” noted the American diplomat , adding that the United States followed it ” very closely .”