N. Korean nuclear restart would be “serious” if true: U.S. envoy

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — A visiting U.S. special envoy on North Korea said Thursday that the reported reactivation of a nuclear reactor by North Korea, if confirmed, would be a “very serious matter,” a “misstep” and a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions passed against the country’s nuclear activities.

The official, Glyn Davies, told reporters that he discussed the matter with his Japanese counterpart Junichi Ihara, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, during a meeting in Tokyo.

Davies said that if North Korea has in fact restarted the reactor, which was previously used to produce plutonium, it “flies in the face of North Korea’s own commitments and promises they’ve made over the years,” demanding that North Korea stop restarting its nuclear facilities at the Yongbyon nuclear complex.