North Korea to Restart Nuke Reactor

    In this Sunday, March 31, 2013 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed in Tokyo Monday, April 1, 2013 by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives a speech during a plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. After weeks of war-like rhetoric, North Korean leader Kim gathered legislators Monday for an annual spring parliamentary session taking place one day after top party officials adopted a statement declaring building nuclear weapons and the economy the nation's top priorities. (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (KCNA via KNS/AP)

    Another day, another threat by North Korea. The country announced on Tuesday that it would be restarting a nuclear reactor that has been dormant since 2007, although it’s unclear how long it would take to get the reactor going again, since its cooling tower was destroyed. The announcement comes after a speech by Kim Jong-un was published on Sunday, which pulled back from the tough rhetoric of the past few weeks and instead called for nuclear weapons to be used only as a “deterrent.” But the restarted nuclear power plant could increase production of plutonium for nuclear weapons, and comes weeks after North Korea completed its third nuclear test in February.

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