Seven years have passed since the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board of governors found that Syria violated its safeguards agreement for building a secret plutonium reactor
, he stated.
6, 2007 when the Israeli Air Force and special forces blew up the plutonium reactor
under construction by North Korea in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zour, in Operation Orchard.
As it happens, North Korea's first bombs were made not from uranium but weapons-grade plutonium - and, sure enough, Iran built a plutonium reactor
at a place called Arak.
Earlier on Monday, it was reported that North Korea's attempts at restarting a plutonium reactor
are coinciding with the U.S.
Iran has essentially rendered harmless its heavy-water plutonium reactor
, and has complied with its commitment to give international inspectors widespread access to the country to verify its compliance with the agreement, Earnest said during a briefing.
NORTH Korea has restarted a plutonium reactor
that could provide fuel for nuclear weapons.
Its newest and most imposing facility is at Rokkasho on Japan's northeast coast, a fast-breeder plutonium reactor
. Designed to fuel the country's future nuclear power plants, it has the capability to convert its nuclear technology into nuclear warheads.
Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi, who met this week with the US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, insisted "we have overcome the stalemate over technical issues." The unfinished plutonium reactor
at Arak as well as the uranium enrichment site of Fordo had both figured high in these week's discussions, he said.
Last year, the North restarted a plutonium reactor
that it had shut down at its Yongbyon nuclear complex in 2007 under an aid-for-disarmament accord.
One year ago: North Korea said it would restart its long-shuttered plutonium reactor
and increase production of nuclear weapons material, in what outsiders saw as its latest attempt to extract U.S.
According to CBS News, Clapper also said the country has restarted a plutonium reactor
that was shut down in 2007.
Iran says it has never sought to develop nuclear weapons and has now agreed to eliminate stockplies of highly-enriched uranium and suspend work on a plutonium reactor
in exchange for partial relief from some sanctions.