Oct. 8, 2013

South Korea’s spy agency confirmed Tuesday that the North has restarted an aging plutonium reactor that could help boost its nuclear weapons programme.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a report to parliament that the five megawatt reactor at the North’s Yongbyon nuclear complex had resumed operations, according to a joint briefing by ruling and opposition party lawmakers.

The report was presented at a closed intelligence committee session, lawmakers told media.

The spy agency declined to comment on the report.

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