N. Korea may have restarted reactor at Yongbyon: sources
The two Koreas seem to be back on a path of improving relations but it may be too early to expect progress on North Korea's denuclearization.
Pyongyang may have restarted a reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear facility, which, in the past had produced weapons-grade plutonium.
Diplomatic sources say a satellite image from late August shows white smoke coming out of a chimney of the reactor.
The white smoke is thought to be steam from the heat of the reactor, but it's still unclear whether the North has started the reactor on full power or is carrying out test runs.
The reactor had been shut down under a six-party agreement in 2007.
If the reactor has indeed resumed operations then North Korea would be able to produce an extra six kilograms of plutonium a year an amount sufficient to make a nuclear bomb.
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