Tuesday, April 2, 2013

US acts to calm fears over North Korea's 'alarming' nuclear plan

The US described the prospect of North Korea restarting a mothballed atomic reactor as "extremely alarming" on Tuesday.

North Korea said it would reactivate all facilities at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex to ease its electricity shortage and strengthen its nuclear capability. The reactor was shut down in 2007 as part of international nuclear disarmament talks that have since stalled.

The move came a day after Pyongyang announced a "new strategic line" focusing on its nuclear programme and economy.