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Map: Where nuclear work is done in North Korea

March 1, 2012 |  5:56 pm

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North Korea is offering to halt some nuclear activities as part of a deal that would bring in 240,000 metric tons of food aid from the United States. Where are the nuclear facilities in this isolated country?

The nonprofit Nuclear Threat Initiative has an interactive map that shows where known or believed power reactors, enrichment facilities, storage and other nuclear activities are taking place. To look at specific kinds of nuclear facilities, follow the link to the Nuclear Threat Initiative site.

North Korea has carried out two nuclear weapons tests since restarting its main nuclear reactor at Yongbyon in 2002, testing its weapons in 2006 and 2009.

Under a tentative deal, the country would suspend nuclear weapons tests and enrichment and allow foreign monitoring of the Yongbyon reactor, steps the State Department called "important but limited."

The interactive nuclear map was created for the Nuclear Threat Initiative by the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Its website also includes interactive maps of biological, chemical and missile weapons in many other countries, including Cuba, Israel, Iran and Syria.

The Nuclear Threat Initiative cautions that because definitive information on nuclear facilities is often classified, some information on its maps is speculative, based on the best information it can get.

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-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles

Image: A screen grab  of an interactive map of North Korean nuclear facilities. Credit: Nuclear Threat Initiative / Monterey Institute of International Studies

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