The government of North Korea could launch a plant for the production of plutonium from spent fuel, officials with the IAEA said.
An IAEA spokesperson said that there were signs indicating that the uranium enrichment plant in Yongbyon resumed working. The plant may process spent nuclear fuel to produce plutonium.
Russia, like many other countries, urges North Korea to abandon its nuclear status. Officials representing the North Korean authorities have repeatedly stated in response that they would continue developing nuclear weapons for national security purposes. North Korea's Ambassador to Russia Kim Hyun Joong said that Pyongyang had no intention to follow the example of Iran and "surrender" its nuclear program in exchange for guarantees from the West.
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"The tests of the missile with characteristics prohibited under the Treaty took place only 16 days after Washington completed the denunciation of the said Treaty. It is obvious that it was not improvisation," Putin said