The Head of Intelligence for the U.S. Indo-Pacific command, Rear Admiral Michael Studeman, expressed concern on Tuesday that if North Korea is reprocessing nuclear fuel just like the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors has reported tensions between the U.S. and North Korea could escalate.
Speaking at an online technology and security event, Studeman emphasized that the U.S. intends to find out what North Korea's intentions are and whether or not the regime will make provocations this year.
According to Studeman, the reprocessing of nuclear fuel could be a move to get the attention of the Biden administration,…and use it as a bargaining tool for sanctions relief.
The UN's nuclear watchdog said Monday that nuclear activities continue in North Korea's Yongbyong and Kangson nuclear facilities with evidence of construction and tests being carried out on an experimental light water reactor at the end of last year.
Experts say that new satellite images taken by Maxar Technologies last month show that the North has been making moves around the Yongdoktong Nuclear Facility where the U.S. believes is used to store nuclear weapons.
The images suggest there is a new building at the spot where two underground tunnels lead to.
Researchers believe North Korea might be trying to hide its growing stockpile of weapons.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, CNN reported Tuesday that the Biden administration will announce within a few weeks what its policies are on North Korea after it has finished a review.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.