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N. Korea Says Uranium Enrichment "Well Underway" Updated: 2011-12-01 00:00:00 KST

North Korea has made it clear that it will not give up its nuclear program anytime soon, despite repeated requests from Seoul and Washington to do so.
Pyeonyang's unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted by Korea Central News Agency on Wednesday, that the state is moving promptly ahead with the construction of a light-water reactor and low-enriched unranium production based on the nation's developing science technologies.
The spokesman also stated that the country has every right to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes, and that neither concession nor compromise should be allowed.
North Korea also reaffirmed its stance on unconditional resumption of the stalled six-party talks, saying that it's ready to discuss the matter on the six-way table, and that "it can convince the world of the peaceful nature" of its nuclear activities through the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The statement, however, has only clouded the possibility of an actual resumption of the talks as South Korean and US government are continuously urging Pyeongyang to take steps towards denuclearization first, before the six-way talks can resume.
Some political pundits say that the communist regime may be pressuring South Korea and the US, ahead of their general elections next year, to resume dialogue with the North.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.
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