US intel confirms NKorea nuke reactor restarted

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, center, and other security agency officials, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, before the Senate Intelligence Committe hearing on current and projected national security threats against the US. From left are, National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, center, and other security agency officials, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, before the Senate Intelligence Committe hearing on current and projected national security threats against the US. From left are, National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence says North Korea has followed through on its threat to advance its nuclear weapons program.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday that the North has expanded the size of its uranium enrichment facility at its Nyongbyon nuclear complex and restarted a plutonium reactor that was shut down in 2007.

Clapper’s written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee concurs with the assessments of think tanks that monitor North Korea’s nuclear program using commercial satellite imagery. South Korean intelligence also says the reactor has restarted.

North Korea announced its intention to “adjust and alter” its existing nuclear facilities after an atomic test explosion last February, backtracking from denuclearization commitments.

Clapper said the North has taken initial steps toward fielding a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile although it remains untested.

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