Tue, November 30, 2010
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N Korea details expanded nuclear program

2010-11-30 02:57:47 GMT2010-11-30 10:57:47 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Amphibious vehicles from the South Korean Marine Corps move at a village on Baegnyeong island near the western maritime border between the two Koreas, northwest of Seoul November 30, 2010.

Members of the media report live near houses destroyed by a deadly North Korean artillery barrage on Nov. 23., on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010.(AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

Seoul protest : South Korean activists burn a North Korean flag during a protest outside the Defense Ministry in Seoul denouncing North Korea's November 23 attack on Yeonpyeong island. (AFP/Park Ji-Hwan)

Secretive North Korea detailed for the first time its expanded nuclear program Tuesday. Nuclear-armed Pyongyang's revelations about its uranium enrichment, which gives it a second route to make a nuclear bomb, came a week after it fired a barrage of artillery shells at a South Korean island, killing four people including two civilians.

"Currently construction of a light-water reactor is in progress actively and a modern uranium enrichment plant equipped with several thousands of centrifuges, to secure the supply of fuels, is operating," the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported.

"Nuclear energy development projects will become more active for peaceful purpose in the future," added the paper, according the state news agency KCNA.

Japan's Nikkei news agency said they would meet on December 6.

The United States wants China to use its leverage to restrain its ally North Korea, which fired a barrage of artillery shells at the island in the first attack on civilians on South Korean soil since the end of the Korean war in 1953.

The U.S. and South Korean militaries started a third day of large-scale joint exercises off the peninsula's west coast on Tuesday in a show of force they say is meant to deter Pyongyang from staging further provocations.


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