North Korea restarts nuclear reactor, report

3 min readSep 3, 2021

China’s missile silos | COVID’s origins |Illegal acts

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists offers news from the most informed and influential voices on nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies. Here is a preview of our twice weekly newsletter delivered right to your inbox. Don’t just be loud. Be right.
Sign up today.

Sept. 2, 2021

Satellite images © 2021 Maxar Technologies and © 2021 Planet Labs, Inc. All rights reserved. For media licensing options, please contact

Understanding China’s nuclear missile silo expansion
The construction of what appears to be hundreds of new missile silos in central China is raising alarms. Nuclear weapons researchers Hans M. Kristensen and Matt Korda tackle what this means for policy making and beyond. Read more.

Charting COVID-19 origin terms in the news
On the heels of President Biden’s report on the origins of COVID-19, academic David Rozado examines how the Bulletin’s reporting impacted the international debate. See his post.

IAEA: N. Korea restarted nuclear reactor
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports “deeply troubling” indications of North Korea restarting a nuclear reactor in Yongbyon. That complex is believed to have produced plutonium for nuclear weapons in the past. Read more.

Check out our sale
See all the new T-shirt designs in our Threadless shop including “2 Clicks to Inferno” by Vivek Akhani. T-shirts are $15 until Sept. 12 and other merchandise is 10% off. Wear your support!

US attorney details illegal acts in nuclear projects
A second Westinghouse official tied to the construction of nuclear reactors in South Carolina was recently charged with conspiracy related to the problem-plagued project. Read more.


“The war has exacerbated climate change impacts. For 10 years, over 50 percent of the national budget goes to the war.”

Noor Ahmad Akhundzadah, “A New Breed of Crisis: War and Warming Collide in Afghanistan,” The New York Times

The Bulletin’s content is both influential and understandable — an authoritative guide that confronts man-made threats to humanity. Get our regular emails and you’ll receive a direct line to the best thinking on nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies. Sign up today.

Copyright © 2021 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
All Rights Reserved |
Get our newsletter​​​​​




The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists informs the public about risks from nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change and biotechnology.