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    Monitor Reports ‘Suspicious Activity’ at North Korean Nuclear Site

    Are they up to no good? Project 38 North reports that “unusual” steam — exhaust caused by heating the main plant at the Yongbyon Radiochemical Laboratory — was seen in satellite images from last month. While plumes of steam don’t necessarily mean the Hermit Kingdom is beginning to refine plutonium, it could mean that threats to restart nuclear development have led to action. Meanwhile, Seoul is refusing to hold discussions with Pyongyang, calling on the North to “stop its provocations” and “take a path toward denuclearization with sincerity.”

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