Satellite Images Reveal North Korean Progress on Nuclear Facility [Wired]
New satellite images show that North Korea has made notable progress since 2009 in building out its uranium enrichment facilities in Yongbyon and a nearby light water reactor, Wired reports in its Danger Room blog.
The pictures from space, along with simulated models created from them, were paired with reports from professors Siegfried Hecker and Robert Carlin, who toured the Yongbyon facility in November 2010, to reveal that North Korean has made improvements to a number of buildings there since June 2009. That progress is detailed in a Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists article.
Pipes have been laid at the experimental reactor to draw water from the Kuryong River, and significant work has been done on a turbine generator hall and the reactor’s containment dome, the report says.