SEOUL, June 19 (Xinhua) – A major North Korean uranium enrichment facility is still operational and upgraded, US experts said Friday, citing recent satellite images.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies said that the Pansan San uranium Plant, located 45 km from the demilitarized zone that divides Korea, is important because it is a known source of material used for the production of uranium. Highly refined for North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

The source said that based on the activity observed in the March 22 photo, the plant "will likely remain active for the foreseeable future."

According to the CIA, the plant has been producing concentrated uranium, or yellow, since the mid-1990s and is important for North Korean leaders and the country's nuclear program.
By Chhouk Bora