Skip to comments.US vows strong implementation of NKorea sanctions
Posted on 09/04/2009 2:49:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (AFP) The United States on Friday vowed to keep up its tough sanctions regime on North Korea after Pyongyang said it had reached the final stage of enriching uranium.
"We continue to be committed to ensuring that North Korea upholds its international obligations and we continue to strongly implement the sanctions that were approved," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
"Our goal continues to be, and will continue to be the denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula, he said.
In a defiant response to tougher UN sanctions, North Korea said Friday it was building more plutonium-based atomic weapons and was near completing an experimental uranium enrichment effort.
"Experimental uranium enrichment has successfully been conducted to enter into completion phase," the official Korean Central News Agency quoted its permanent representative to the United Nations as saying.
"Reprocessing of spent fuel rods is at its final phase and extracted plutonium is being weaponized," the representative said in a letter to the UN Security Council president.
The North had recently struck a more conciliatory note after months of tension, but said Friday it was prepared "for both dialogue and sanctions."
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Yeah - right. How long have we been hearing that song and dance?
Graphic showing steps in the uranium enrichment process. North Korea says it has reached the final stage of enriching uranium, a second way of making nuclear bombs, in a defiant response to tougher United Nations sanctions. (AFP/Graphic)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il touches a dried squid upon his visit to the Kim Chaek Daeheung marine products company at an undisclosed place in North Korea, in this undated picture released by North Korea's official news agency KCNA September 4, 2009. KCNA did not state when the picture was taken. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA POLITICS) NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. QUALITY FROM SOURCE
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