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  • Video: North Korea restarts Yongbyon reactor, says ready to nuke US any time [Lesson for Iran Deal?]

    09/15/2015 9:45:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/15/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when we had an agreement based on trust and verification that would keep North Korea from developing or acquiring nuclear weapons? Good times, good times. With the ink drying on yet another “framework” deal with a rogue, dictatorial nation, North Korea announced today that they have restarted the proscribed Yongbyon reactor, and they are now ready to start launching nuclear weapons at the United States.Get used to this sort of thing: North Korea Tuesday announced that it had restarted its Yongbyon nuclear reactor and was ready to use nuclear weapons “any time” against the United States.The announcement came...
  • N. Korea: Experts warn of 'Chernobyl' risk at Yongbyon nuclear plant

    02/05/2014 2:57:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | 26 January 2014 | Sebastien Falletti
    Experts warn of 'Chernobyl' risk at Yongbyon nuclear plant Sebastien Falletti, Seoul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly 26 January 2014 North Korea's decision to restart its 5 megawatt electric (MWe) reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear scientific research complex threatens Northeast Asia with a disaster potentially worse than Chernobyl, according to nuclear experts. "This reactor comes from another world. The Yongbyon site has a concentration of so many nuclear facilities that if there was a fire in one building it could lead to a disaster worse than the Ukrainian one," said Seo Kyun Reul, a professor at the nucleonic department of...
  • North Korea May Be Making Fuel for a Nuclear Reactor and It's No Joke

    12/24/2013 7:03:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 12/24/13 | Danielle Wiener-Bronner
    North Korea May Be Making Fuel for a Nuclear Reactor and It's No Joke The Atlantic Wire By Danielle Wiener-Bronner The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University reported today that North Korea may be making good on promises to develop nuclear arms, by producing fuel rods necessary for a plutonium reactor and, therefore, to operate nuclear facilities. According to the institute, this marks a major development in the hermit nation's quest for nuclear weapons: Commercial satellite imagery has identified facilities at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center that may produce fuel for North Koreas recently restarted 5 MW plutonium production...
  • Russian diplomat warns that North Korea faces 'man-made disaster'..restarted ageing nuclear reactor

    09/14/2013 1:30:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12 September 2013 | Sophie Jane Evans
    Russian diplomat warns that North Korea faces 'man-made disaster' after satellite images show it has restarted ageing nuclear reactor The Yongbyon nuclear facility in North Korea was closed in 2007 under the terms of a disarmament agreement Its five megawatt reactor can produce plutonium for weapons and bombs New satellite images have captured steam rising from the complex This suggests the nuclear reactor has been restarted, according to a U.S. research institute By Sophie Jane Evans PUBLISHED: 10:26 GMT, 12 September 2013 | UPDATED: 00:54 GMT, 13 September 2013 ....................................... But a senior Russian diplomat has claimed that the outdated...
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 61 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regime’s chemical weapons and whether Syria’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after Assad’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on Syria’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after Israel’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • N.Korea's Nuclear Facilities 'a Disaster in the Making'

    04/19/2011 5:52:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 04/19/11
    N.Korea's Nuclear Facilities 'a Disaster in the Making' North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is using nuclear weapons development to maintain his firm grip on power, but a compilation of North Korean state media reports the Unification Ministry has gathered since June 2000, the reclusive leader has never visited the main Yongbyon nuclear complex. Experts say this is unusual given that Kim has undertaken more than 100 of his so-called on-the-spot guidance tours this year alone, to anything from shoe factories to military units. One theory is that the site is simply too dangerous. Yongbyon "is such a 'sensitive' location that...
  • North Korea seeks to develop smaller nuclear warheads

    11/02/2010 11:37:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Defense Talk ^ | 11/3/2010 | Defense Talk
    North Korea is trying to develop small nuclear weapons that can be delivered by missiles or aircraft, South Korea's defence minister said Tuesday. Kim Tae-Young told lawmakers the North is "constantly seeking to make its nuclear weapons smaller" for possible future delivery by ballistic missiles or bombers. Kim said the North is also believed to have 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of bomb-making plutonium, slightly less than previous estimates by the United States. He said it is "quite possible" that Pyongyang is also building nuclear weapons through uranium enrichment in addition to its plutonium operation. "The more you test the weapons,...
  • Its' never been done before.

    10/09/2009 11:08:27 AM PDT · by mapmaker77 · 1 replies · 329+ views
    rediculousness | 9OCT'09 | mapmaker77
    In a stunning final round performance, zero outdistanced dear leader, kim jong il, to win the yongbyon masters at the beautiful championship course surrounding the partially shuttered plutonium reprocessing facility. After having his opening drive shot down, and losing 2 balls in the sludge pond, zero got himself together and posted an incredible 29 under par 43 to win by 3 shots over dear leader. Such mastery!, such control!, gushed both Katie Couric and Brian Williams in describing what they had just witnessed.
  • North Korea says it suspended nuclear disablement

    08/26/2008 12:21:21 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 336+ views (excerpt) ^ | August 26, 2008
    Excerpt- SEOUL, Aug. 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Tuesday said it has halted disablement of its nuclear power plants as Washington failed to remove it from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. The communist nation's Foreign Ministry said measures to halt the process were taken as of Aug. 14. ~ snip ~

    07/14/2007 10:58:29 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 90 replies · 13,737+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | July 14, 2007
  • North Korea plans to seal nuclear reactor in second half of July -source

    06/17/2007 11:23:43 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 832+ views ^ | June 18, 2007
    BEIJING. June 18 (Interfax) - North Korea will be able to freeze and seal the Yongbyon nuclear rector in the second half of July 2007, a North Korean diplomatic source told Interfax on Monday. "In the estimate of our experts, the reactor's technical freezing will take about a month, so we hope to seal it, as required by the agreements reached at the six-party talks, in the second half of July 2007," the source said.
  • [N. Korea]Hwang: Nuclear Facility in Yongbyon Has Been Unnecessary for 10 Years

    02/21/2007 6:52:26 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 429+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 02/21/07
    Hwang: Nuclear Facility in Yongbyon Has Been Unnecessary for 10 Years FEBRUARY 21, 2007 07:10 Hwang Jang-yop, the former secretary of the North Korean Workers Party in charge of international affairs, disclosed in a Freedom North Korea Broadcast on February 19 that the nuclear facility in Yongbyon, which North Korea promised to shut down in exchange for one million tons of oil, was in fact already deemed unnecessary 10 years ago. The former secretary Hwang said, In fact, I heard the plutonium (extracted) with a graphite reactor is unusable directly from the secretary of munitions manufacture. Before that, they had...
  • North Korea 'Ready to Suspend Nuclear Activities'

    01/21/2007 10:02:00 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 22 replies · 1,209+ views
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | January 22, 2007
    North Korea has reportedly agreed to halt nuclear activities including operations at a reactor in Yongbyon, and allow on-site monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency as the first steps to abandoning its nuclear program. The agreement came during a meeting of the chief nuclear negotiators of the U.S. and North Korea that ended Friday in Berlin, sources said. According to diplomatic sources in Seoul and Beijing, North Koreas top nuclear envoy Kim Kye-gwan told his U.S. counterpart Christopher Hill that North Korea will yield in return for economic and energy aid from the U.S. and assurances that the...
  • Scholar says North Korea to unload fuel rods at nuclear reactor within 3 months

    09/23/2006 9:07:11 AM PDT · by jdm · 14 replies · 339+ views
    AP via Sign On San Diego ^ | Sept 23, 2006 | Alexa Olesen
    BEIJING North Korea is planning to unload fuel rods at its Yongbyon reactor within the next three months in what would be a significant boost to its nuclear weapons capability, an American scholar said Saturday. During a meeting this past week in Pyongyang, Selig Harrison said that North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan told him that the communist nation would unload the rods beginning this fall, and no later than the end of the year. Removing the fuel rods is a significant new development because it underlines that North Korea is enhancing its weapons capability, Harrison, director...
  • NK Missile Warhead Found in Alaska (2003 article)

    08/22/2006 1:06:58 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 11 replies · 1,026+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 03-04-2003 | Ryu Jin
    The warhead of a long-range missile test-fired by North Korea was found in the U.S. state of Alaska, a report to the National Assembly revealed yesterday. ``According to a U.S. document, the last piece of a missile warhead fired by North Korea was found in Alaska, former Japanese foreign minister Taro Nakayama was quoted as saying in the report. ``Washington, as well as Tokyo, has so far underrated Pyongyangs missile capabilities.
  • North Korea - Yongbyon satellite photos indicate reactor is in operation

    05/13/2006 5:39:17 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 18 replies · 623+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 13 (Yonhap) -- Satellite images indicate activity at a North Korean nuclear reactor suspected of producing weapons-grade material, according to an online security organization on Saturday. Four satellite photos of the five-megawatt reactor in Yongbyon, North Korea, taken on Jan. 5 this year show vehicles and containers near the main building that were absent in images taken on March 5, 2003. The photos appear on the web site of Global Security (GlobalSecurity.Org), an Internet organization providing background information on defense, space and intelligence since it was launched in 2000. The Yongbyon reactor, claimed by North Koreans to...
  • North Korea fired up Yongbyon reactor ahead of 6-way talks: Asahi

    08/21/2005 3:16:51 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 316+ views
    TOKYO, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea began operating its nuclear reactor just before the fourth round of six-party talks on ending the North's nuclear weapons ambitions started in late July, Japan's Asahi Shimbun reported Sunday. In a dispatch from Washington, Asahi said North Korea resumed operations at its 5,000-kilowatt nuclear plant in Yongbyon in July, merely months after it announced that activities at the plant had been suspended in order to remove spent fuel rods out of it for reprocessing. Asahi quoted U.S. officials as saying that intelligence satellites had detected water vapor being released from the plant's...
  • Report: North Korea resumes building nuclear reactors

    06/30/2005 7:26:41 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Associated Press | June 30, 2005
    North Korea has resumed the construction of two nuclear reactors suspended under a 1994 agreement with the United States, a Japanese newspaper reported Thursday. North Korea restarted building a 50,000-kilowatt reactor in Yongbyon and a 200,000-kilowatt reactor in Thaechon _ both are plutonium-producing graphite-based _ Japanese economic daily Nihon Keizai said, quoting unidentified U.S. government and other sources. Japan's Foreign Ministry said it couldn't confirm the report. North Korea had suspended the construction of the two reactors under the 1994 deal in exchange for energy aid and two light-water reactors that are less likely to be used in nuclear...
  • N. Korea: US might find Pyongyang strike 'tempting'

    05/20/2005 8:52:40 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 805+ views
    The Age (Australia) ^ | 05/21/05 | Hamish McDonald
    US might find Pyongyang strike 'tempting' By Hamish McDonaldBeijingMay 21, 2005 South Korean electronics giant Samsung has launched a unilateral initiative to improve relations with the North. It has signed North Korean dancer Cho Myong-ae to promote its mobile phones. Cho will be the first North Korean to appear in an advertisement in the South.Photo: Reuters Anuclear arms control expert has warned that the United States might be tempted to carry out a strike on the reactor that is North Korea's source of bomb-making plutonium.The warning comes as North Korean moves suggest it may soon carry out a nuclear...
  • North Korea says it has completed removing nuclear fuel rods from reactor

    05/11/2005 2:42:43 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 430+ views
    Associated Press | May 11, 2005
    North Korea said Wednesday it had completed removing spent nuclear fuel rods from a reactor at its main nuclear complex. A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said they had "successfully completed" removing 8,000 fuel rods from the reactor at Yongbyon, in a statement carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. Removing the rods would allow the North to reprocess them to extract weapons-grade plutonium. But the North didn't say Wednesday it would take such a step.