“We’re primarily concerned with quite possible technogenic [technology-caused] consequences. The reactor of 1950s design is in a horrible condition,” a source told Interfax. There have been reports that Korea has started some activity at its Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center. “It is obvious that some work has been done there, and it has been done for quite a long time. Some indirect signs did indicate that the matter was about a relaunch,” the source said. “But we don’t have information that the reactor has been launched,” he said. Nobody knows exactly the engineering status of the object in Yonben that stopped operation in 2007, so in case of a technogenic catastrophe the consequences for the Korean Peninsula could be dire, the source saidю A number of indirect indicators suggest that certain works are being conducted at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center in North Korea, but Russia has no proof that the reactor of the facility has been restarted, the source said. After analyzing satellite imagery taken on August 31, 2013, US analysts from the Institute at Johns Hopkins University tend to believe that white steam coming out of a building next to the five-megawatt plutonium reactor at Yongbyon indicate that the reactor has been restarted. The source in the Russian Foreign Ministry believes this could be a simple “generator check-up” without the reactor actually running.
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