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(LEAD) N. Korea doubles floor space of uranium facility in Yongbyon

2013/08/08 13:54

(ATTN: UPDATES with Seoul's defense ministry remark in last 3 paras)

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea appears to have doubled the floor size of its uranium enrichment facility in Yongbyon, apparently in line with its stated plans to advance related technology and production, a U.S. research center said Wednesday, citing recent satellite imagery.

The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said the North seems to have expanded a building in the fuel fabrication complex that houses a gas centrifuge plant for uranium enrichment.