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North Korea restarts shut nuclear reactor

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North Korea says it is set to restart Yongbyon nuclear complex, which it shut in 2007.

The move would bolster North Korea’s nuclear forces “in quality and quantity”, according to KCNA news agency.

Meanwhile, the US says it is seeing no signs of increased military activity in North Korea, even as it positioned a warship close to the Korean peninsula. Also, a destroyer capable of intercepting missiles was being moved to the Korean coast, reports BBC.

“Despite the harsh rhetoric we’re hearing from Pyongyang, we are not seeing changes to the North Korean military posture, such as large-scale mobilisations and positioning of forces,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

But he said the US was “monitoring the Korean situation very diligently”.

North Korea said on Saturday that it was entering a “state of war” with South Korea.

North Korea says its strategic rocket and long-range artillery units have been ordered to enter combat mode targeting US military bases on Guam, Hawaii and mainland America after US bombers flew more sorties threatening the country.

The order, issued in a statement from the North’s military “supreme command”, marks the latest fiery rhetoric from Pyongyang since the start of joint military drills by US and South Korean forces early this month, The Telegraph wrote.

North Korea previously threatened a nuclear attack on the US and South Korea, although it is not believed to have the technology to hit the continental US with an atomic weapon. But the US military’s bases in the Pacific area are in range of its medium-range missiles.


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