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“Deeply troubling” report says North Korea has turned on nuclear reactor

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The UN International Atomic Agency says that North Korea appears to have restarted its Yongbyon nuclear reactor

The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) believes that the Yongbyon reactor supplies plutonium for North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The report found evidence that the reactor has been on since early July, with the nearby radio-chemical lab operating from February to July.

“Since early July 2021, there have been indications, including the discharge of cooling water, consistent with the operation of the reactor.”

These findings also coincide with other signs that North Korea is using a nearby laboratory to extract plutonium from fuel previously removed from the reactor.

North Korea barred the IAEA’s access to the country in 2009, leaving the agency to monitor nuclear activity primarily through satellite imagery.

Indications of radiochemical reprocessing are “deeply troubling” and a “cause of serious concern”

The agency described the update as “deeply troubling” and a “clear violation” of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

“It appears to indicate North Korea has resumed producing plutonium for its nuclear weapons program,” Gary Samore from Brandeis University told The Australian.

“While North Korea already has a significant stockpile of nuclear weapons, this suggests it is moving to expand its current arsenal,” he said.

The IAEA says it will continue to call on North Korea to “comply fully” with its obligations under the UN security council resolutions.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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