North Korea resumes work on light water reactor

  • North Korea has resumed work on a light water reactor that may be used to support its nuclear program, according to a U.S. institute.

    The analysis is based on satellite photographs taken on April 30 showing new construction at the Yongbyon site.

    It may take a further two years before the site is fully operational.

    The reactor is believed to be based on a prototype of larger reactors in the pipelines, according to media reports. 

    According to 38 North, a web site run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at John Hopkins University, the work may have come to a halt due to the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in December.

    Pyongyang first revealed that it was building a new reactor in 2010.