: DW: 'Suspicious activity' observed at N. Korea nuclear complex, says U.S. group

14:52 Apr. 5, 2016

DW: 'Suspicious activity' observed at N. Korea nuclear complex, says U.S. group

North Korean defectors with toy hammers beat their colleague wearing a mask of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a rally denouncing North Korea's recent threat for war in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (AP)

North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear complex threatens international security 

A U.S. research institute on Thursday said it observed "suspicious activity" at North Korea's Yongbyon Radiochemical Laboratory in recent satellite images, namely exhaust gases at the facility.

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"Exhaust plumes have rarely been seen there and none have been observed on any examined imagery this past winter. The plumes suggest that the operators of the reprocessing facility are heating their buildings, perhaps indicating that some significant activity is being undertaken, or will be in the near future," said analysts at the US-Korea Institute at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.

"Whether that activity … means reprocessing additional plutonium is underway or will be in the near future remains unclear," the report said.

Watch also North Korea tests a solid-rocket fuel engine: N. Korean news agency

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama, South Korea President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said they would increased pressure on Pyongyang following the nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch earlier this year.

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