Images show North Korea efforts to restart nuclear complex
SEOUL (AFP) - Satellite imagery suggests North Korea is making "wide-ranging, extensive" efforts to fully reactivate its main nuclear complex, a US think tank said on Tuesday, in line with Pyongyang's vows to strengthen its weapons programme.
Recent images show work at the Yongbyon nuclear compound apparently aimed at producing fuel rods to be used in a plutonium reactor, Johns Hopkins University's US-Korea Institute said.
Analysis of the imagery identified one "probable fuel fabrication plant" for the 5-megawatt plutonium reactor that reopened earlier this year, researcher Nick Hansen wrote on the institute's blog, 38 North.
The isolated communist state staged its third nuclear test in February - its most powerful to date - after two previous tests in 2006 and 2009.