The U.N. nuclear watchdog said it has seen releases of steam and water indicating that North Korea may be operating a reactor, in the latest update on a plant that experts say could make plutonium for atomic bombs. North Korea announced in April of last year that it would revive its aged five-megawatt research reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex, saying it was seeking a deterrent capacity. The country defends its nuclear program as a "treasured sword" to counter what it sees as U.S.-led hostility. In an annual report posted on it website, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said North Korea's nuclear program "remains a matter of serious concern". The U.N. agency said it continued to monitor developments at Yongbyon through satellite imagery. "Since late August 2013, the Agency has observed, through analysis of satellite imagery, steam discharges and the outflow of cooling water at the 5 MW(e) reactor, signatures which are consistent with the … [Read more...] about IAEA sees signs North Korea reactor may be operating
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North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it has said is a satellite, South Korea's defense ministry said, in defiance of United Nations sanctions barring it from using ballistic missile technology. North Korea had notified U.N. agencies that it planned to launch a rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite, triggering opposition from governments that see it as a long-range missile test. It initially gave a Feb. 8-25 time frame for the launch but changed that to Feb. 7-14 on Saturday. The rocket was launched on a southward trajectory, as planned, passing over Japan's southern Okinawa islands, Japan's NHK reported, and appeared to have successfully separated its first stage booster, South Korea's Yonhap reported. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the launch "absolutely unacceptable." Last month, North Korea tested a nuclear device for the fourth time, although the United States and other governments have expressed doubt over the North's claim that it … [Read more...] about North Korea launches rocket it says carrying satellite
In the past, North Korea has usually declared a no-fly and no-sail zone whenever there is a missile launch. North Korea had earlier claimed to have conducted a hydrogen bomb test on 6 January, forcing the UN Security Council members to discuss a fresh round of sanctions. … [Read more...] about South Korean on alert over North Korea long-range missile launch speculation
President Park said that as the 6-party talks have been suspended, it’s time to seek an alternative solution. She made the statement on January 22 following Pyongyang’s 4th nuclear test on January 6. President Park said the cooperation between the US and the Republic of Korea aimed at increasing pressure on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. New sanctions on the North are possible covering transportation, aviation, trade, coal, fuel and security. During his visit to China, US Secretary of State John Kerry urged China and other countries to ban imports of minerals and flights of DPRK’s Air Koryo. Kerry urged Beijing to do more to restrain DPRK’s nuclear activities. The nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula has seen no progress in years. Six - party talks involving the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, the US, Japan, Russia, and China began in 2003 and aimed at inducing the North to give up its nuclear program in … [Read more...] about Are nuclear talks without North Korea feasible?
Two minor tremors were detected on Saturday from near North Korea’s nuclear test site and were probably aftershocks from the country’s massive nuclear test in early September, a U.S. Geological Survey official said. The aftershocks, of magnitude 2.9 and 2.4, were detected at 0613 and 0640 GMT (1:13 a.m. and 1:40 a.m. EST) respectively, said the USGS and Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of the Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. A tweet from Zerbo said analysts had confirmed that the activity was “tectonic” in origin. The USGS official said the tremors had been in the vicinity of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where North Korea conducted its sixth and largest underground nuclear test on Sept. 3. “They’re probably relaxation events from the sixth nuclear test,” the official said. “When you have a large nuclear test, it moves the earth’s crust around the area, and it takes a while for it to fully … [Read more...] about Aftershocks likely from September test detected from North Korea nuclear site: USGS