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North Korea enriching uranium all winter as experts warn of nuclear ‘catastrophic threat’

According to a US monitor, North Korea’s main nuclear complex appeared to show continued activity on the site. In January and February, satellite images of the uranium enrichment facility showed specialised vehicles and equipment moving nearby the plant.

But experts have said there is no clear sign of activity at the nuclear reactors.

The US monitor website said: “In contrast to the reactor area of the complex, the UEP exhibited continual signs of operation throughout the winter months.”

They said the satellite images showed “uniquely configured, specialised railcars” arriving and departing the facility.

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, reported that the images suggest the Uranium Enrichment Plant (UEP) has continued operations.

Earlier this month, reports claimed that North Korea poses a new “catastrophic threat” to the world.

Experts warned that the country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile testing could be the “biggest risk to the world” in 2021.

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) explained the danger Kim Jong-un’s regime poses with its nuclear capabilities.

In its annual preventative priorities survey, the CFR ranked a crisis stemming from North Korea’s continued development of nuclear weapons as the “top-ranked conflict concern for 2021”.

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Cristina Varriale, a Research Fellow in Proliferation and Nuclear Policy at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, previously told Express.co.uk why North Korea chose to display the missile.

After Mr Kim unveiled the missile, Ms Varriale said: “From an international perspective, the world was watching this parade and now trying to understand the new capabilities that were revealed, and it also reminds us that North Korea has not stopped developing its nuclear weapons programme, despite diplomacy in 2018/19.

“This is just before a US presidential election as well, so a not-so-subtle way of reminding Washington that the North Korean nuclear programme persists.”

Some analysts have raised fears that Mr Kim could conduct a missile test to taunt the new US President Joe Biden now that he has been sworn into office.



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