N. Korea's latest provocative moves confirmed by S. Korean spy agency
Three announcements regarding North Korea were made by the National Intelligence Service in a briefing to lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon.
First, Pyongyang has resumed operations at a five-megawatt reactor in its Yongbyon nuclear complex.
That would seem to confirm a recent report by 38 North, a website run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, which said after reviewing recent satellite images that it appeared the North had resumed operations at the plant.
The briefing also said the North recently conducted an engine test for a long-range missile at its Dongchang-ri launch site, the same site from where Pyongyang launched its Unha-3 long-range rocket last December.
And in its third revelation, the nation's intelligence agency said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has declared that he will carry out a forceful unification of the Korean peninsula within three years.
No further details were revealed regarding the statement, but experts say Kim's remarks are aimed at solidifying his leadership and gaining an upper hand in dealings with South Korea and its allies.
The South Korean agency also warned that the South Korean military should stay on alert, as the reclusive state is beefing up its military capabilities by deploying multiple rocket launchers near the West Sea.
Major changes have also occured within Pyongyang's military hierarchy.
The communist leader recently carried out a huge reshuffle of 44 percent of the military's top-ranked officials.
Experts believe the major changes are a strategic move by Kim to gain better control of his forces.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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