The situation in North Korea is getting worse by the day as the country announced that it will restart a nuclear reactor that had been shut down more than five years ago.
This move proves that the country’s young leader, Kim Jong-Un, has no interest in shutting down North Korea’s nuclear weapons program that many have tried to persuade him into stopping.
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The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that
the reclusive state's atomic energy department intends to "readjust
and restart all the nuclear facilities" at its main nuclear complex,
Those facilities include a uranium enrichment facility and a reactor
that was "mothballed and disabled" under an agreement reached in
October 2007 during talks among North Korea, the United States and
four other nations, KCNA said.
The announcement was followed by a plea for calm from United Nations
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is himself South Korean. He said he
was "deeply troubled."
"The current crisis has already gone too far," he said in a statement
from Andorra. "Nuclear threats are not a game. Aggressive rhetoric and
military posturing only result in counter-actions, and fuel fear and
"Things must begin to calm down, as this situation, made worse by the
lack of communication, could lead down a path that nobody should want
Ban said dialogue and negotiations are "the only way to resolve the
"It's yet another escalation in this ongoing crisis," said Ramesh
Thakur, director of the Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and
Disarmament at Australian National University in Canberra.
The tensions on the Korean Peninsula have led Pyongyang to sever a key
military hotline with Seoul and declare void the 1953 armistice that
stopped the Korean War.
The United States has made a show of its military strength amid annual
training exercises with South Korea, flying B-2 stealth bombers
capable of carrying conventional or nuclear weapons, Cold War-era
B-52s and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters over South Korea.
On Monday, Seoul warned that any provocative moves from North Korea
would trigger a strong response "without any political