Satellite Reveals N. Korea Nuke Building

Reactor would give country cause to enrich uranium
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2010 6:38 AM CST
Satellite Reveals N. Korea Nuke Building
In this photo released by Korean Central News Agency on Nov. 12, 2010 and made available via Korea News Service in Tokyo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, second left, is shown.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

(Newser) – Satellite photos reveal construction at North Korea’s main atomic complex, suggesting the country is fulfilling its plans to build a light-water nuclear reactor, the AP reports. The images, from a private Washington institute, show at least two cranes and an under-construction rectangular structure, and come amid reports that work is in progress. Such reactors are, in theory, for civilian energy—but having one gives Pyongyang a reason to enrich uranium.

The DC institute estimated North Korea was working on a 25- to 30-megawatt nuclear reactor. South Korea says the construction hasn’t been confirmed, but would violate UN resolutions. North Korea has been pushing to restart the nuclear disarmament talks that it abandoned last year, but Seoul and the US have said Pyongyang must prove it’s serious about the talks before they can resume.
(Read more North Korea stories.)

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