NKorea says it will 'weaponize' its plutonium
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea vowed Saturday to step up its atomic bomb-making program and threatened war if its ships are stopped as part of new U.N. sanctions aimed at punishing the nation for its latest nuclear test.
North Korea's Foreign Ministry also acknowledged for the first time that the country has a uranium enrichment program, and insisted it will never abandon its nuclear ambitions. Uranium and plutonium can be used to make atomic bombs.
The threats, in a statement issued through the official Korean Central News Agency, came a day after the Security Council approved new sanctions aimed at depriving the North of the financing used to build its rogue nuclear program.
The resolution also authorized searches of North Korean ships suspected of transporting illicit ballistic missile and nuclear materials.
The sanctions are "yet another vile product of the U.S.-led offensive of international pressure aimed at undermining ... disarming DPRK and suffocating its economy," the North Korean statement said.
Pyongyang blamed Washington for the nuclear tensions, saying it was "compelled to go nuclear in the face of the U.S. hostile policy and its nuclear threats."
Sunday, June 14, 2009
North Korea: 'Hey, look at me, look at me!'
Meanwhile, not to be outdone in the "Crazy Nuclear Despotism Department" by Ahmadinejad; North Korea - its people starved for food and its leadership starved for attention - actually make Iran look moderate, by comparison.
Posted by Dale Weeks at 11:56 AM