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Russia Warns North Korea Over Restarting Reactor

From the Agence France Presse:

Russia warns of ‘catastrophe’ if N.Korea restarts reactor

Anna Malpas | September 12, 2013

Russia on Thursday warned of a potential "man-made catastrophe" if North Korea restarts an ageing plutonium reactor to boost its stockpile of nuclear weapons, after US experts spotted steam rising from the Yongbyon facility.

The reactor, which was completed in 1986, is outdated and North Korea could suffer a major disaster if it is restarted, a Russian diplomatic source told the Interfax news agency.

Gee, Russia is sounding more and more exceptional. At least according to Obama’s definition of exceptional, which seems to entail being the world’s policeman. 

And Putin is only too happy to be the world’s policeman. Or, rather, the world’s KGB.

The warning came after researchers at the US-Korea Institute said Wednesday that satellite images taken on August 31 showed plumes of white steam rising from a building next to the reactor.

"Our main concern is linked to a very likely man-made disaster as a consequence. The reactor is in a nightmarish state, it is a design dating back to the 1950s," the Russian source said.

"For the Korean peninsula this could entail terrible consequences, if not a man-made catastrophe." …

Isn’t that what the Obama flacks call terrorist attacks?

The Russian diplomat speaking to Interfax said he did not know for sure whether North Korea had relaunched the facility mothballed in 2007.

"It is obvious that some works are being conducted, and for a long time at that. According to some signs, steps were indeed being taken to relaunch it," the diplomat said. "We do not have any information that the reactor has been relaunched."

The image examined by researchers at the US-Korea Institute shows that North Korea "appears to have put the reactor into operation", researchers Nick Hansen and Jeffrey Lewis wrote on the institute’s blog, 38 North…

The Soviet Union played a key role in helping build the first nuclear complex at Yongbyon in the 1950s and 1960s, although North Korea itself built the plutonium reactor, which became operational in 1986.

In 2007, North Korea shut down the Yongbyon reactor under a six-nation aid-for-disarmament deal and publicly knocked down its cooling tower.

The reactor was the totalitarian state’s sole way of producing plutonium, which it used to conduct its first two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

Pyongyang is currently believed to have enough plutonium for about six bombs. The Yongbyon reactor is capable of producing six kilogrammes (13 pounds) of plutonium a year — enough for one nuclear bomb.

In recent weeks, North Korea has indicated its willingness to resume six-party talks on its nuclear programme, involving the United States, Russia, China, Japan and South Korea…

With any luck Putin will help us deal with the North Koreans like he has helped us out with the Syrians. Maybe if they promise to hand him the keys to their reactors.

And never mind that, as the article notes, the Russians practically gave the North Koreans their nuclear program in the first place. And never mind that the North Koreans gave Syria their nuke program. (Since destroyed by the Israelis.)

Oh, and never mind that Putin has just agreed to give Iran another nuclear reactor. We can trust the Russians to help us do away with any weapons of mass destruction.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Russia Warns North Korea Over Restarting Reactor”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    When the Russians are worried about the sorry-ass shape of your Reactor, you’re doing it wrong ..

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