New satellite imagery has revealed exhaust plumes at North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear plant, suggesting that Pyongyang’s scientists are attempting to harvest weapons-grade plutonium from spent nuclear fuel. The signs of “suspicious activity” at Yongbyon were identified by analysts at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University and reported on its website, 38 North. The report comes just weeks after James Clapper, the director of US national intelligence, warned in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington that North Korea had expanded its production of weapons-grade nuclear fuel. In his comments, Mr Clapper put North Korea at the top of his list of nuclear threats and he cited intelligence estimates that Pyongyang has enlarged its uranium enrichment facility at Yongbyon and restarted a plutonium production reactor.
Telegraph 5th April 2016 read more »