Satellite images by GeoEye reveal North Korea has completed a key step in the construction of a light-water reactor at its main nuclear complex. These three satellite images (from left) taken on March 20, June 24 and August 6, 2012, by GeoEye-1 satellite, show development of the building construction at Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center in North Korea.
“North Korea has taken a major step in its mission to build a modern, indigenous nuclear reactor with a 21-metre diameter dome now having been emplaced over the reactor building,” said image analyst Allison Puccioni.
However, North Korea claims the reactor being built since 2010 at its Yongbyon complex is for electricity generation. But some experts have questioned North Korea’s intention since the reactor would give the country a reason to enrich uranium that could be used in nuclear bombs at higher levels.