Reports: North Reassembling Nuke Facility

TOKYO — North Korea has reportedly begun to reassemble its main nuclear facility because the U.S. hasn’t removed it from a list of terror sponsors.

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News agency say North Korea started putting its Yongbyon facility back together Tuesday.

They’re citing unidentified officials related to the disarmament talks.

Fox News carries a similar report, quoting an unidentified U.S. official as saying the North has been threatening the move for some time. The official says the reassembling is seen as a “symbolic gesture” because the facility has been largely taken apart.

Washington has said North Korea won’t be taken off the terror sponsor list unless it first agrees to a plan to verify an accounting of nuclear programs it submitted in June.