October 23, 2021

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Satellite images confirm that North Korea is building a uranium production facility

The DPRK continues to build in Jongbyon in the northwest of the country.

New satellite images confirm that North Korea is expanding its major facilities capable of enriching uranium for nuclear weapons. CNN reported Thursday, referring to experts who analyzed satellite images.

The images that CNN was able to access earlier this week were captured by Maxar Technologies. According to the photos, the DPRK is continuing construction at the site of its uranium enrichment facility in Jongbyon, northwest of the country.

CNN, citing nuclear weapons expert Jeffrey Lewis, wrote that the changes could allow North Korea to increase its nuclear weapons production by up to 25%.

The US authorities are aware of the recent steps taken by the DPRK and assert, according to CNN, that such a development may be an indication that the country plans to increase the production of enriched uranium by weapons.

The US National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the Office of the Director of US Intelligence, and the US Central Intelligence Agency declined to comment.

CNN reported that North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of ​​Japan on Wednesday morning. North Korea announced Monday that it test-fired a new type of long-range missile over the weekend.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price condemned the tests conducted by North Korea on Wednesday and called for a diplomatic approach in this regard.

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