ACTIVITY at North Korea’s secretive Yongbyon nuclear centre has been ongoing, an analysis has indicated – despite Kim Jong-Un’s “unprecedented offer” to Donald Trump to shut it down. Built in the late 1950s with Soviet aid, the Yongbyon complex houses at least three reactors which North Korea says are intended to produce electricity. It also has a fuel fabrication facility and a plutonium reprocessing plant, where weapons-grade materials can be extracted from spent fuel rods, according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a Washington-based think-tank. A five-megawatt reactor there produces weapons-grade plutonium, a major source of fuel for the nuclear program.
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