US warns North Korea against nuclear 'provocation'

A man watches a news report at a railway station in Seoul on September 15, 2015, on the confirmation from North Korea that the nuclear reactor seen as the country's main source of weapons-grade plutonium had resumed normal operationsThe United States warned Wednesday that North Korea will face “severe consequences” if it continues with what Washington sees as its provocative decision to restart a nuclear reactor. Pyongyang has said it has restarted the long-mothballed Yongbyon reactor, which is capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium, and has threatened to launch a rocket which US officials see as a test-bed for ballistic missile technology. Challenged as to whether Washington could respond credibly to the North Korean moves after earlier striking a deal to allow Iran’s nuclear program to continue under international supervision, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted it could.

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