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Atomic Energy Research Institute

  • Location
    Bungang-jigu (분강지구), Yongbyon-gun (영변군), Pyonganbuk-do (평안북도), North Korea
  • Type
    Nuclear-Research and Development
  • Facility Status

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North Korea first established an Atomic Energy Research Institute (원자력연구소) under its Academy of Sciences in December 1952. 1 2 The institute was moved to the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center in the early 1964, and the institute currently has three branches. 3 The Pyongyang branch, established in 1987, is the Atomic Energy Research Institute. The Nanam-kuyok (나남구역) branch includes the Radioisotope Laboratory, built in 1980; and the Wonsan (원산) branch includes the Radiological Protection Institute.


  1. 북한개요 2009 North Korea Introduction 2009 (Seoul: Korea Institute for National Unification, 2009), p.322.
  2. “북한네트-백과: 과학기술 연구기관 DPRK Net – Encyclopedia: Science Technology Research Institutions,” Joogang Ilbo, http://nk.joins.com.
  3. “시사백과: 북핵/일지 North Korea Diary,” Chosun Ilbo, October 2006, http://nkchosun.com.


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