Seoul: South Korea is closely monitoring North Korea’s nuclear and missile activities in close cooperation with the US. This information was given by the Ministry of Unification in Seoul on Friday.
The announcement came after reports that North Korea was continuing to operate a nuclear reactor at its main Yongbyon complex, Yonhap news agency reported.
Citing recent satellite imagery, 38 North, a US surveillance website, said on Wednesday that steam emanating from the 5-MW reactor had been detected, indicating that at least one generator is operational.
When asked to comment on the report, deputy ministry spokesman Cha Dak-chul declined to confirm intelligence matters, but said the government was monitoring North Korea’s nuclear facilities.
The government continues to monitor North Korea’s nuclear and missile activities under close South Korea-US coordination, he said in a press briefing.
South and North Korea agreed on the common goal of a nuclear-free Korean peninsula, which both sides should strive for jointly.
Cha said the government is monitoring for possible signs of an incident in North Korea to mark the launch of a new inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) in 2017, with no unusual activity detected so far.
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