North Korea Restarts Atomic Fuel Plants

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North Korea has spent decades trying to develop operational nuclear weapons. And now there is fear they may be getting close. The country has announced they have restarted all of its atomic fuel plants sparking both regional and international concern. Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy has more.

North Korea may be on the verge of expanding its nuclear arsenal. Officials in Pyongyang say they have restarted its atomic fuel plants. The country is already believed to have a small stockpile of atomic bombs and short- and medium-range missiles.

“We call on Pyongyang to refrain from actions and rhetoric that threaten regional peace and stability.”

Today’s announcement follows another major declaration on Monday. The country’s aerospace agency says it is ready to launch new satellites into space aboard long range rockets. North Korea claims the launches are peaceful and meant for scientific research. But others suggest it is actually a long-range missile test which violates a United Nations resolution.

“It is a military threat and clearly an act violating the UN resolution that prohibits any actions using ballistic missile technology.”

China,  an ally to North Korea, is also speaking out on the issue, saying any missile test will likely cause both regional and international friction.

“We hope that the relevant sides act cautiously, and not refer to any actions that would lead to tensions on the peninsula and in the region.”

The White House says North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles is a threat to world security and is urging Pyongyang to stand down.

“We will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state.”

Analysts say the announcements could mean a nuclear test could happen at any time. But so far, there has been no signs suggesting Pyongyang was preparing such a launch.

In Washington, Peter Doocy, Fox News.

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