The U.N. nuclear watchdog has detected "deeply troubling" indications that a critical nuclear reactor at North Korea's main Yongbyon complex has been in operation since July, including the release of cooling water.
The report based on satellite imagery and other sources came as Seoul and Washington push to resume dialogue with the North, following its furious reactions to the allies' recently concluded annual military exercises.
The report also said that the steam plant, which serves the radiochemical laboratory at the Yongbyon complex, operated for approximately five months, from mid-February 2021 until early July 2021. The plant is used to provide heat to a fuel rod reprocessing facility.
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