N. Korea may have restarted N-reactor: IAEA 

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  • August 31, 2021
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N. Korea may have restarted N-reactor: IAEA 

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains GS-II- International Organisations

Context: IAEA has reported that Nuclear-armed North Korea appears to have restarted its plutonium-producing reprocessing reactor indicating that North Korea is expanding its banned weapons programme.

  • The development on the 5-megawatt reactor in Yongbyon — North Korea’s main nuclear complex — comes with nuclear talks between North Korea and US at a standstill.
  • IAEA inspectors were kicked out of North Korea in 2009, and the agency has since monitored it from outside.

About International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

  • It is an international organization that seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons. 
  • The IAEA was established as an autonomous organisation on 29 July 1957
  • Though established independently of the United Nations through its own international treaty, the IAEA Statute, the IAEA reports to both the United Nations General Assembly and UN Security Council.
  • The IAEA has its headquarters in Vienna, Austria. 
  • India joined IAEA in 1957.
  • In 2005, it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work for a safe and peaceful world.

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