US: The 38 North website published by Johns Hopkins University in Washington said a 19 September satellite image shows fresh evidence of activity at the North Korea nuclear reactor in Yongbyon.
The institute claimed that the satellite image shows a stream of hot water being dumped into the Kuryong River from a new pipeline from the graphite-moderated reactor. It had warned last month North Korea has probably restarted the reactor, which can produce weapons-grade plutonium, revealing a photo that showed white steam rising near a building that houses the reactor”s turbines and generators.
The pipeline was part of a cooling system completed this summer, according to the website. Imagery dated Aug. 31 showed a small amount of water foam flowing into the river. Since then, “the amount of water foam has increased, indicating that the turbines have been activated and have begun generating electrical power,” the website said.