North Korea Nuclear Restarted Amid US Korea Military Drills

D-Bo, Jan. 30, 2014, 10:25 a.m.


Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced that North Korea has expanded the size of its uranium enrichment facility at its Nyongbyon nuclear complex and restarted a plutonium reactor that was shut down in 2007. 

This is believed to be in response or reaction from the annual joint military exercises held by Korea and the Unites States.  North Korea had denounced the exercises as a threat of attack and has asked for the drills not to be executed. 

Clapper’s written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee concurs with the assessments of think tanks that monitor North Korea’s nuclear program using commercial satellite imagery. South Korean intelligence also says the reactor has restarted.

North Korea announced its intention to “adjust and alter” its existing nuclear facilities after an atomic test explosion last February, backtracking from denuclearization commitments.

Clapper said the North has taken initial steps toward fielding a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile although it remains untested.

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