North Korea says it will use its “steadily improved” nuclear program against the United States at “any time,” calling the program a response to a “reckless hostile policy” from the U.S.
North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said the reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear facility had been restarted two years ago—along with uranium enrichment. The facility was shut down in 2007 under a deal reached with the U.S. and five other world powers.
“All the nuclear facilities in Yongbyon including the uranium enrichment plant and 5 megawatt reactor were rearranged, changed or readjusted and they started normal operation,” KCNA quoted an unnamed director of the North’s Atomic Energy Institute as saying. The translation was provided by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
The Los Angeles Times adds:
Satellite imagery published last week by the North Korea affairs website 38 North suggested evidence of new activity at Yongbyon's plutonium production complex. Yongbyon is about 55 miles north of Pyongyang, the capital.
Pyongyang’s threat comes a day after the country said it planned to launch a rocket, insisting that it has the right to conduct space research.
“The world will clearly see our rocket fly high at a time and a place that the North’s party will set,” KCNA reported.