North Korea has restarted its plutonium nuclear reactor and could be recovering spent fuel in the coming weeks, the United States’s spy chief said on Tuesday.

“We assess that North Korea has followed through on its announcement by expanding its Yongbyon enrichment facility and restarting the plutonium production reactor,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement prepared ahead of his appearance at two hearings on Capitol Hill.

“We further assess that North Korea has been operating the reactor long enough so that it could begin to recover plutonium from the reactor’s spent fuel within a matter of weeks to months.”

The plutonium reactor was previously shut down in 2007.

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