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North Korea. What the Restarting of North Korea’s Yongbyon Reactor Means (Ankit Panda, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

North Korea’s five-megawatt electrical reactor at its Yongbyon complex appears to be back up and running. The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has assessed that “since early July 2021, there have been indications, including the discharge of cooling water, consistent with the operation of the reactor.” In the past, North Korea has reprocessed spent fuel rods from this reactor to produce plutonium for its arsenal of nuclear weapons. This remains the primary purpose of the reactor today.

What the Restarting of North Korea’s Yongbyon Reactor Means – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace