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IAEA: North Korea May Be Restarting Nuclear Plant

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A North Korean nuclear plant is seen before demolishing a cooling tower (R) in Yongbyon, in this photo taken June 27, 2008 and released by Kyodo.

A North Korean nuclear plant is seen before demolishing a cooling tower (R) in Yongbyon, in this photo taken June 27, 2008 and released by Kyodo.

The International Atomic Energy Agency says activity has been observed at a North Korean nuclear reactor, consistent with an effort to restart it.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told the agency's 35-member board Thursday that North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear complex appears to have re-started its reactor. But the agency says without access to the site, IAEA inspectors cannot draw a definite conclusion.

North Korea destroyed the cooling tower at Yongbyon in 2008 as a confidence-building measure in talks with South Korea, China, the United States, Japan, and Russia.

But in September, a U.S. research institute said satellite imagery of the site showed activity that could mean North Korea is reviving the reactor.

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