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PYONGYANG, North Korea (CNN) -- North Korea Friday destroyed a water cooling tower at a facility where officials acknowledge they extracted plutonium to build nuclear weapons, according to reports.
South Korean TV network MBC said the reactor blast occurred shortly after 4 p.m. local time before an audience of international TV cameras. There were no other immediate details, The Associated Press reported.
The massive implosion at the Yongbyon facility was intended to be a powerful public symbol of a move to end nuclear activities by the Communist nation once branded a member of an "axis of evil" by U.S. President George W. Bush.
On Thursday, North Korean officials turned over to China a 60-page declaration, written in English, that details several rounds of plutonium production at the Yongbyon plant dating back to 1986.
In it, North Korea acknowledges producing roughly 40 kilograms of enriched plutonium -- enough for about seven nuclear bombs, according to the U.S. State Department.