The UN’s nuclear watchdog said it has not seen any indication that North Korea’s nuclear activities have ceased despite pledges to denuclearize and it’s causing “grave concern”.
A new report published by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) listed ongoing efforts at various nuclear facilities, including the Yongbyon power plant that is believed to produce plutonium for North Korea’s nuclear weapon tests.
It added that the construction of a possible additional reprocessing plant that could extract plutonium from used reactor fuel has continued.
The IAEA said it has been monitoring a site near the capital, Pyongyang, whose characteristics and construction history are consistent with a centrifuge enrichment facility.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to work towards a nuclear-weapons-free Korean Peninsula when he met South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April and US President Donald Trump in June.
However, Pyongyang has given no indication it is willing to give up its nuclear weapons unilaterally as the Trump administration has demanded.