Construction work seen near mothballed North Korean reactor: IAEA
VIENNA (REUTERS) - North Korea has been carrying out construction work at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, including near a mothballed reactor that experts say could produce plutonium for bombs, a United Nations (UN) nuclear agency report showed on Wednesday.
The UN watchdog, which monitors the isolated state's nuclear developments via satellite, said the activities appeared to be broadly consistent with the North's "statements that it is further developing its nuclear capabilities".
North Korea's nuclear programme "remains a matter of serious concern," the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report to member states said.
Pyongyang announced in April that it would revive the aged Yongbyon five-megawatt research reactor that yields bomb-grade plutonium, but stressed it was seeking a deterrent capacity.