The Largest Security-Cleared Career Network for Defense and Intelligence Jobs - JOIN NOW

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


Yongbyon (Nyongbyon)

50-MW(e) Reactor

Credit: spaceimaging.com. Copyright (c) Space Imaging. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Online and news media distribution or publishing requires permission from Space Imaging.
Credit: DigitalGlobe. Copyright (c) DigitalGlobe. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Online and news media distribution or publishing requires permission from DigitalGlobe.
Click on the small image to view a larger version

Overview of the North Korean reactors at Yongbyon.
(Original Image Credit: Space Imaging)

April 2005 to June 2005 image comparison of the partially completed 50 MW (Megawatt) reactor.
(Original Image Credit: Space Imaging)

April 2005 to June 2005 detail comparison of the partially completed 50 MW (Megawatt) Reactor.
(Original Image Credit: Space Imaging)

50 MW (Megawatt) reactor under construction
(Original Image Credit: Space Imaging)

Imagery of the 50 MW (Megawatt) reactor at Yongbyon. Construction had been halted under the terms of the Agreed Framework.
(Original Image Credit: Digital Globe)

Compartive satellite imagery oveview of the partially completed 50 MW (Megawatt) Yongbyon reactor.
[Click on image for larger version]

Compartive satellite imagery close-up of the partially completed 50 MW (Megawatt) Yongbyon reactor.
[Click on image for larger version]

Comparative satellite close-up imagery of new construction adjacent to the partially completed 50 MW (Megawatt) Yongbyon reactor.
[Click on image for larger version]


A number of unusual activities near the 50-megawatt reactor at North Korea's Yeongbyeon nuclear site have been observed over the years leading up to 2020. That's according to U.S.-based North Korea monitoring website, 38 North. The reactor has never been finished, and although the purpose of these activities is unknown, 38 North says it's not likely that work on the reactor has resumed. A hole appeared on the roof of the reactor building between Febuary and June 2018, and there's a new structure that appears to be a water tank. Also, a new trench was built, and a building likely used for administration or support was torn down in 2019.




NEWSLETTER
Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list



 
Page last modified: 23-01-2020 17:54:51 ZULU