North Korea nuclear site might be endangered by recent flooding

Aug. 13 – According to a U.S.-based think-tank, some satellite images suggest that a recent flooding in North Korea may have damaged some pump houses connected to the main nuclear facility of the country.

38 North, a website focused on North Korea, stated that commercial satellite imagery from August 6-11 showed the actual danger facing the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center’s nuclear reactor cooling systems. The reactor, indeed, is located on the bank of the Kuryong River, about 100 km north of Pyongyang.

Nuclear facility in Yongbyon, North Korea. Fuel fabrication facility. Siegfried Hecker examining machining lathes removed from machine shop. (Photo by W. Keith Luse, Senior Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate – Public Domain)

The Korean peninsula has been hit by a heavy rainy spell, with floods and landslides in both North and South Korea.

North Korea’s state media has not mentioned any issue related to Yongbyon, while South Korea said that is monitoring developments related to the situation.

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