North Korea Says: ‘Experimental Uranium Enrichment’ in Final Phase

September 4, 2009

(ChattahBox)—North Korea is once again upping the ante in its ongoing saber rattling battle with the United States, the U.N. Security Council and the world at large, by announcing it reached the completion phase in its uranium enrichment program. Enriched uranium would provide the isolated Communist country with another route to the development of nuclear weaponry.

North Korea’s announcement came on Friday, through the state KCNA news agency, which quoted a portion of a letter sent from North Korea’s United Nations delegation to the U.N. Security Council. The letter informed the Security Council that, “Experimental uranium enrichment has successfully been conducted to enter into completion phase.”

The letter also warned that its reprocessing program of spent nuclear fuel rods was at its final phase and extracted plutonium was being weaponized.

North Korea says its completion of its enriched uranium is in direct response to tighter international sanctions imposed on the country after it test fired a plutonium-based nuclear missile in May.

North Korea has long said that the international community has ignored missile launches by South Korea, while imposing stiff sanctions when a missile is test-fired by North Korea.

“Had the UNSC, from the very beginning, not made an issue of the DPRK’s (North Korea’s) peaceful satellite launch in the same way as it kept silent over the satellite launch conducted by South Korea on August 25, 2009, it would not have compelled the DPRK to take strong counteraction such as its 2nd nuclear test,” says the letter to the Security Council.

North Korea further reiterated its plans to respond to sanctions by accelerating its nuclear missile programs. “We are prepared for both dialogue and sanctions. If some permanent members of the UNSC wish to put sanctions first before dialogue, we would respond with bolstering our nuclear deterrence first before we meet them in a dialogue.”

Pyongyang continues to reject six-nation talks saying, “We have never objected to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and of the world itself. What we objected to is the structure of the six-way talks which had been used to violate outrageously the DPRK’s sovereignty and its right to peaceful development.”

North Korea continues to taunt the international community with its nuclear programs, while at the same time insisting its missiles are for peaceful purposes to launch a communications satellite.

The U.S. believes the missile launches are designed to potentially fire on U.S. territory and are a threat to national security.



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