N. Korea expands missile facilities, but no unusual signs at nuclear sites: defense ministry

February 17, 2021

The Korea Herald:


North Korea has been expanding missile development facilities, but has shown no unusual signs at its demolished nuclear testing site or its long-suspended plutonium-producing reactor, the defense ministry said Wednesday.

The assessment was made in a report the ministry presented to the National Assembly’s defense committee for a policy briefing session.

“No special movement has been spotted since May 24, 2018, when the North demolished the Punggyeri nuclear test site. The 5-megawatt nuclear reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex has long been suspended,” the ministry said, referring to the North’s main source of weapons-grade plutonium.

“North Korea has been expanding facilities for missile research and development,” the ministry added.

Amid stalled denuclearization talks with the United States, the North has been working to beef up its missile and other conventional weapons…


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