US experts recorded activity at the Yongbyon nuclear facility and suspected North Korea of reprocessing plutonium or preparing for this process. This is stated in a report published on the website of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Satellite data have shown that in recent weeks at least one of the premises of the facility is regularly heated – this gave rise to steam or smoke rising above it. This indicates activity and may mean that the DPRK has already launched a new campaign to reprocess plutonium or prepare for it. It is also known that a power plant associated with this facility has been active recently.
In the United States, Pyongyang’s alleged actions are viewed as part of a well-considered strategy to escalate confrontation with Seoul and Washington.
North Korea launched two ballistic missiles on March 25. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called the incident a violation of the UN Security Council resolution and a threat to the peace and security of the region.