U.S. slams N. Korea on Yongbyon nuclear reactor, Russia concerned
The United States has slammed North Korea over reports indicating Pyongyang has restarted its plutonium-producing Yongbyon nuclear reactor, stressing such a move would violate UN Security Council resolutions.
A State Department official said that, if the reports were true, North Korea would also be violating a 2005 agreement in which it pledged to scrap its nuclear program in exchange for economic and energy aid.
Meanwhile, a Russian source has told the Russian Interfax news agency that if Pyongyang is indeed taking steps to restart its reactors, it could lead to terrible consequences, if not a man-made catastrophe, as the reactors are in a "nightmarish state".
Reports emerged this week that North Korea had restarted a reactor after a satellite image from late last month showed white smoke rising from the facility.
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