UN nuclear assembly urges North Korea to halt any reactor restart

September 20, 2013 18:39

VIENNA - Member states of the UN nuclear agency called on North Korea on Friday to halt any move to restart a reactor capable of producing plutonium for bombs, after reports the isolated north Asian state might have done so.

Pyongyang announced in April that it would revive the aged research reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear complex but stressed it was seeking a deterrent capacity.

Earlier this month, a US research institute and a US official said satellite imagery suggested North Korea has restarted the reactor.

The US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said a satellite image from Aug. 31 shows white steam rising from a building near the hall that houses the reactor's steam turbines and electric generators.

The annual member state meeting of the 159-nation International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted by consensus - which means without a vote - a resolution that "strongly deplores" all of North Korea's nuclear activities.

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