IAEA chief: DPRK’s nuclear program going ‘full steam ahead’

Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), attends the IAEA General Conference, an annual meeting of all the IAEA member states, at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on Sept 20, 2021. (JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

VIENNA – The Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear program is going "full steam ahead", UN atomic watchdog chief Rafael Grossi said in a speech to an annual meeting of his agency's member states on Monday.

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"In the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, (the) nuclear program goes full steam ahead with work on plutonium separation, uranium enrichment and other activities," said Grossi, who issued a report last month saying Pyongyang appeared to have restarted a nuclear reactor.