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.