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Report: Signs of activity at North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility

Report: Signs of activity at North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility

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Seoul, March 4 (UPI) -- Commercial satellite imagery shows that a coal-fired steam plant is in operation at North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear facility in possible preparation to extract plutonium for weapons, according to an analysis by U.S. website 38 North. In a report published Wednesday, satellite images from Feb. 25 and March 2 revealed smoke coming from a steam plant that provides heat to Yongbyon's radiochemical laboratory. Advertisement "Smoke was observed emanating from the plant's smokestack at various times from late-February and early March, suggesting that preparations for spent fuel reprocessing could be underway to extract plutonium needed for North Korea's nuclear weapons," the 38 North report said. "However," the report added, "this could also mean simply the facility is bei...