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Will the West engage with North Korea?

UN nuclear watchdog says North Korea has resumed nuclear activity.

The United Nations nuclear watchdog says North Korea has restarted its main nuclear reactor.

The International Atomic Energy Agency released a report saying it has observed evidence of cooling water from the plant, indicating it is in use.

The five-megawatt reactor is capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium.

That is one of the crucial elements needed to build nuclear weapons.

The finding poses yet another challenge for the United State and its goal of de-nuclearising the Korean Peninsula.

Some analysts believe it may be a move directed at future talks with the Biden administration.

But will it work?

Presenter: Dareen Abughaida


Se-Woong Koo – Publisher of Korea Expose, a newsletter on contemporary Korean affairs

June Park – Fung global fellow at Princeton University

Graham Ong-Webb – Defence analyst and research fellow at Nanyang Technological University