October 27, 2021

‘Urgent need’ for talks with North Korea, White House says after nuclear report

North Korea’s new nuclear activity comes after repeated threats to expand preemptive strike capabilities

The White House stressed the “urgent need” for dialogue and diplomacy with North Korea on Monday following news that the North had restarted activity at its primary nuclear reactor for the first time in three years.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report last week explaining that signs indicate North Korea appears to have restarted its plutonium-producing reprocessing reactor at Yongbyon, describing the observation as “deeply troubling.”