(INTELLIHUB) — The Henry L. Stimson Center project known as 38 North reported on Tuesday that the North Korean’s appear to be making “infrastructure improvements” to one of their nuclear research facilities located in Yongbyon.
The 38 North reports suggests:
Commercial satellite imagery from June 21 indicates that improvements to the infrastructure at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center are continuing at a rapid pace. Modifications to the 5 MWe plutonium production reactor’s cooling system appear complete, but a less-than-normal cooling water discharge from the outfall pipe makes a determination of the reactor’s operational status difficult. The status of the Radiochemical Laboratory—used to separate plutonium from spent fuel rods—remains uncertain, although the associated Thermal Plant has likely continued operations, and a small non-industrial building of an unknown purpose has been newly erected near the cooling tower. Construction continues on support facilities throughout other operational areas of Yongbyon, especially at the Experimental Light Water Reactor (ELWR), where the new engineering office building appears externally complete and a small building similar to the one observed at the Radiochemical Laboratory has been erected.
Here is a map showing where the facility is located.
Could North Korea be ignoring the newly-signed agreement between the two nations leaders which mandates the complete and total denuclearization of the communist country or is the 38 North report mere propaganda? You be the judge.
Could North Korea be ignoring the newly signed agreement between the two nations leaders which mandates the complete and total denuclearization of the communist country or is the #38North report mere propaganda?
— Intellihub (@intellihubnews) June 28, 2018
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