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North Korea Constructs Roof for New Reactor
Recent satellite pictures show that North Korea has constructed and placed a roof on its new nuclear reactor at the Yongbyon complex, RIA Novosti reported on Thursday.
The South Korean news channel KBS said it had "exclusively" obtained the surveillance images that reveal the partially constructed light-water reactor has a height of more than 131 feet and a diameter greater than 72 feet. The exterior sides of the site's turbine structure now "appear to be organized," according to the news report.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has previously noted the fast pace of work at the reactor, which is a cause of concern as it might be used to produce plutonium for North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
The satellite photographs also reveal apparent new digging activity around a recently excavated underground passageway. KBS said it possessed freshly snapped images of the North's atomic testing site though it did not share any other specifics.
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