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NIS suggests possibility of N. Korea reactivating nuclear reactor in Yongbyon Updated: 2021-10-28 17:52:42 KST

A closed door parliamentary audit was held today with officials from South Korea's National Intelligence Service.
For more on this, we have our Kim Sung-min on the line for us.
Sung-min, usually the members ask the NIS what they have on Kim Jong-un as this is one of those few occasions where the intel agency discloses their information.
What has been reported so far?

That's right Conn-young.
According to lawmakers who attended the National Assembly's intelligence committee NIS officials had informed them of speculation of a possible reactivation of North Korea's main nuclear reactor in Yongbyon.
The NIS said North Korea had stopped the operation of the 5 megawatt reactor in 2018 but the NIS posed the possibility of reprocessing the spent fuel rod sometime between last February and July.
Kim told reporters this seems to be to gain additional plutonium to strengthen nuclear abilities, and to emphasize that Yongbyon has strategic values.
NIS also added that there is the possibility of conducting further tests to perfect its hypersonic missiles which have been launched.
They analyzed that the disclosure of three SLBMs at North Korea's defense exhibit held from the 11th to the 22nd meant revealing the completeness of the SLBM externally.

Right. Was there speculation on Kim's health and perhaps the country's economic struggles? Tell us more about that.

Conn-young, NIS shut down rumors regarding the North Korean leader's poor health.
They said,North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has lost 20 kilograms,but there are no particular health issues.
NIS has been using various scientific techniques like AI to track Kim's health and the technology is apparently sophisticated enough to catch even minor facial troubles.
NIS added Kim has been out in public for 70 days this year, around 45 percent more compared to the same period last year.
Taking down the portraits of Kim's grandfather and father, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-Il from the conference hall of the party, and using the term like "Kim Jong-un-ism", the leader has also reportedly started formulating a system of thought.

About the economy though,. North Korea is definitely suffering an economic downturn according to the NIS.
The trade sum between North Korea and China during the past nine months this year haa come to around one hundred eighty-five million U.S. dollars.
That's only a third of last year during the same period.
The official added that there has been some troubles in managing the economic situation especially because the country has cut imports of paper and special ink for printing money.
In response, the North has been trying to expand trade such as by allowing some cargo that had been banned due to shutting their borders to prevent spread of COVID-19 since January last year.
That's all I have for now.
I'll be back with more updates.
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