Satellite Images Suggest North Korea's Nuclear Reactor Restarted
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on September 13, 2013 @ 7:09PM
Created on September 13, 2013 @ 5:33PM
Just when we thought we might have reached a compromise when it comes to Syria, another country may be thinking of warfare.
Apparently, some satellite images suggest North Korea's restarted it's nuclear reactor, which plays a huge part in the development of nuclear weapons.
These photos, which were examined by US researchers, show two columns of steam rising from the building. This could mean the reactor is in or is nearing operation.
It was originally built in the 1980s. North Korea was ordered to shut down about six years ago.
A few months ago though, North Korean officials said they wanted to restart the facility again. Apparently, work to reopen it progressed throughout the spring and summer.
According to experts, they may have even added more expansions and developments to the project. Some people said this is a huge concern for the nation.
Upshur County resident William Margin said, "That's really a threat to our national security. I think that President Obama is trying to do the right thing. Syria is a big thing, but this is a bigger threat."
One woman said she thinks we shouldn't do anything until we can get some of our allies involved.
Upshur County resident Jackie Perry said, "We just got to get our allies to help out us out with some of these things going on, and not depend so much on America taking care of everything. We need somebody to back us up, stand beside us."
The report said it would take North Korea about two or three years to produce the plutonium needed to create nuclear weapons. Experts said there's still time to negotiate a shutdown of the reactor before they can use any of the new plutonium. If it's shutdown in the next six months, it'll have produced very little of it.
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