Flooding in North Korea could damage pumping stations connected to the country’s main nuclear facility in Yongbyon. This is evidenced by satellite images from August 6, provided by the American website 38 North, reports Reuters with reference to the American think tank.
After examining satellite images from August 6, experts found a sharp rise in the water level in the Kulen River, which flows next to the nuclear complex.
Experts are confident that the water has reached two pumping stations serving the reactors at the Yongbyon nuclear complex. The 5-megawatt reactor, which is supposedly used to produce weapons-grade plutonium, appears to have been out of service for some time. The experimental light water reactor has not yet been launched.
Experts note that if such a flood recurs, it will be necessary to shut down the reactor. According to them, pumps and pipelines inside pumping stations are the most vulnerable place for reactors.
Prolonged rains on the Korean Peninsula caused floods and landslides, which led to destruction and loss of life.