North Korea said this week it is making rapid progress on building a new light-water nuclear reactor and producing enriched uranium.
“The construction of an experimental light-water reactor and the low-enriched uranium for the provision of raw materials are progressing apace,” said a spokesman for Pyongyang's foreign ministry.
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Despite claims from North Korea that its nuclear programs are for civilian energy purposes, the country’s latest statements have fueled international concerns that completion of a light-water reactor would allow the country another avenue to build atomic weapons.
Last year North Korea unveiled a utility-scale uranium enrichment plant at its main nuclear complex, outlining the facility would produce low-enriched uranium to fuel a new light-water reactor under construction in Yongbyon.