S. Korea, US closely monitoring N. Korea for signs of nuclear reactor halt

  • South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities are closely monitoring North Korea amid signs that the regime has temporarily halted operations of a nuclear reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear complex.
  • This move raises concerns that North Korea may be reprocessing spent fuel rods to extract weapons-grade plutonium. The reactor had been showing signs of operation since July 2021.
  • Additionally, North Korea recently stipulated its policy of strengthening its nuclear force in its constitution, with leader Kim Jong-un characterizing it as a “powerful political lever” to enhance defense capabilities.

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