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North Korea has restarted a plutonium nuclear reactor that could provide fuel for nuclear weapons, US intelligence chief James Clapper says.
He also said the North had taken steps towards making an intercontinental ballistic missile system.
It comes days after the North launched a long-range rocket, which critics say is a test of banned missile technology.
Last September Pyongyang said its main nuclear facility at Yongbyon had resumed normal operations.
The reactor there has been the source of plutonium for its nuclear weapons programme. The North carried out its fourth nuclear test in January.
When Edward Snowden was asked during his January 26, 2014 TV interview in Moscow what the decisive moment was or why he blew the whistle, he replied: "Sort of the breaking point was seeing the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress. … Seeing that really meant for me there was no going back."
originally posted by: tadaman
a reply to: deviant300
Everyone should use thorium reactors. it should be illegal to have plutonium powered reactors. I think only a handful of traditional reactors should exist in the world. The rest that are used for power should be Thorium based.
originally posted by: bandersnatch
According to the snippet....this is old news....last September (5 moths ago) is when they started it up......
This is just propaganda to stir up fear....
originally posted by: deviant300
North Korea has restarted plutonium reactor and could have stockpiles in weeks - US spy chief
originally posted by: MonaMonina
People from NK are happy, even they are living in isolation for ages. They are clever, diligent and discipline people. Very prosperous country despite the sanctions.