Satellite images show that North Korea has been upgrading its only known nuclear reactor used to fuel its weapons program, The Guardian reports.
According to watchdog group 38 North, North Korea’s upgrades at their Yongbyon nuclear plant are “continuing at a rapid pace” despite claims they have committed to demilitarization.
Via The Guardian:
The cooling system for the plutonium production reactor has been modified and at least two new non-industrial buildings have been built on the site, possibly for use by visiting officials. A new engineering office building has been completed and construction has continued on support facilities throughout the complex…
The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has committed to “complete denuclearisation” in meetings with Donald Trump and South Korean president Moon Jae-in, but the details of how and when that will happen have not yet been decided. Kim announced earlier this year the the North’s nuclear arsenal and weapons capable of striking the US were complete, and the North closed its only known nuclear test site in May.
“Infrastructure improvements continue at Yongbyon,” 38 North reported. “Underscores reason why an actual deal is necessary, not just a statement of lofty goals.”