Aug 26, 2017, 11:26 AM
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UN watchdog confirms N. Korea reprocessing halt

Vienna, Aug 26, IRNA – The United Nations nuclear watchdog has confirmed that there had been no reprocessing activities in North Korea's Yongbyon site over the past year.

'The Agency has not observed indications of the Radiochemical Laboratory being in operation during the reporting period,' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano said in his latest report on Friday titled, 'Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.'

According to IAEA annual report, 'in previous reprocessing campaigns, the Radiochemical Laboratory was used for reprocessing activities.'

The American Institute for science and international security (ISIS) has frequently reported that North Korean laboratory had been active for reprocessing purposes.

However, the report also read that the continuation and further development of North Korea's nuclear program and its leader's rhetoric 'are a cause for grave concern'.

The report comes after an escalation of tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.

'Unless a definite end is put to the US hostile policy and nuclear threat, the DPRK will never flinch even an inch from the road of bolstering up the nuclear forces already chosen by itself,' a North Korean delegation said at a disarmament conference in Geneva in August.