SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s intelligence agency confirmed reports of increased activity at North Korea’s nuclear reactor, possibly indicating a shutdown, a South Korean daily said on Wednesday.
The report came after a United States official said Washington had not seen any sign that North Korea has begun to shut down its Yongbyon nuclear facility as called for in a February 13 six-country agreement.
The Dong-A Ilbo newspaper said the National Intelligence Service had confirmed its report on Tuesday quoting unnamed intelligence sources as saying satellite photographs showed increased vehicle and personnel movements near Yongbyon.
A spokesman for the agency was not immediately available for comment.
A U.S. official said on Tuesday that news reports in South Korean media are “just not accurate … We have seen no actions on the North Koreans’ part that at this point leads us to believe they are fulfilling their part of the 60-day actions.”
North Korea was required to start closing the reactor and source of its weapons-grade plutonium by April 14, as well as allow U.N. nuclear inspectors back into the secretive country, as part of a deal it reached at the six-way talks in February.