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Satellite spots N. Korea's fuel fabrication facilities in Yongbyon

2013/12/24 08:48

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea appears to be running a new fuel fabrication plant in Yongbyon, an apparent sign that the secretive country is making an extensive effort to modernize and restart its nuclear facilities, a U.S. think tank said Monday in a report.

"Commercial satellite imagery has identified facilities at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center that may produce fuel for North Korea's recently restarted 5 MW plutonium production reactor," the U.S.-Korea Institute said on its "38 North" website.

The Washington-based think tank is associated with the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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