Russia warns of N. Korea work at 'nightmarish' reactor

A satellite image of The Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre in North Korea taken on Aug 6, 2012 and provided by GeoEye on Aug 22, 2012. Russia said on Thursday that North Korea was apparently conducting work on a nuclear reactor, saying the
A satellite image of The Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre in North Korea taken on Aug 6, 2012 and provided by GeoEye on Aug 22, 2012. Russia said on Thursday that North Korea was apparently conducting work on a nuclear reactor, saying the aged facility was in such a "nightmarish state" it could cause a disaster. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP / GEOEYE SATELLITE IMAGE

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia said on Thursday that North Korea was apparently conducting work on a nuclear reactor, saying the aged facility was in such a "nightmarish state" it could cause a disaster.

"It is obvious that some works are being conducted, and for a long time at that. According to some signs, steps were indeed being taken to relaunch it," the Interfax news agency quoted a diplomatic source as saying.

"But we do not have any information that the reactor has been relaunched... The reactor is in a nightmarish state, it is a design dating back to the 1950s... For the Korean peninsula this could entail terrible consequences, if not a man-made catastrophe."