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Posted: 5/9/2003 12:05:05 AM EDT

South Korea has detected smoke billowing out of the Yongbyon nuclear complex in North Korea but has yet to conclude whether this means the North is reprocessing spent fuel rods to make nuclear weapons, government officials said yesterday.
``At this point, it is difficult to conclude that North Korea has started running the reprocessing facilities,’’ presidential spokesman Yoon Ta-young said. ``We detected such signs at the end of April, but no additional activities or special movement has been confirmed yet.’’

South Korea and the United States have closely cooperated intelligence-wise on the radiological and chemical laboratories in Yongbyon and will continue to keep tabs on the matter, he added.

U.S. officials said Tuesday there have been increasing signs over the last couple of days that North Korea had begun reprocessing 8,000 irradiated fuel rods at Yongbyon, according to the Washington Post yesterday.

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Also this little piece appeared today [url]http://www.command-post.org/nk/archives/006890.html[/url] Seoul apparently warning its military commanders to be on the alert for North Korean "provocations" intended to rachet up the tensions even higher.
Link Posted: 5/9/2003 12:50:54 AM EDT
What did they do locate the reactor near the DMZ?
Link Posted: 5/9/2003 1:33:33 AM EDT
I wouldn't doubt it.  Think about it.  If they put it near the DMZ, it's safer.  They are thinking we won't bomb it because of the disaster it would create.
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