(CNSNews.com) – North Korea said Tuesday that it will restart the plutonium-based nuclear reactor that was shut down in 2007 under an agreement reached in talks with the United States and four other countries.
The announcement, made by its official media outlet, came shortly after the regime vowed never to abandon its nuclear capability for political or economic benefits, underlining its demand that the international community accept it as a nuclear power.
The Yongbyon complex, some 60 miles north of Pyongyang, houses a plutonium-based, five-megawatt graphite-moderated reactor and an associated reprocessing plant and nuclear fuel rod fabrication facility.
The facilities were decommissioned as a result of an agreement at “six-party” talks in Beijing in February 2007 that also saw the Bush administration agree to unfreeze $25 million in North Korean funds frozen in its account at a Macao-based bank.
Five months later the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that the shutdown was complete.
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