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    North Korea: Our Nuclear Reactor Is Fully Operational

    It wants to be armed and more dangerous. Pyongyang, with an eye toward expanding its atomic arsenal, has restarted its main nuclear facility for plutonium production and is ready to meet U.S. hostility with “nuclear weapons any time,” according to the state-run news agency. Assessing the Hermit Kingdom’s nuclear capability is impossible after international talks broke down in 2009. But claims that it’s capable of fitting a small device to a nuclear warhead and hints that it’s preparing to launch satellites mounted on long-range rockets are fueling regional tensions.

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