14 June 2009
North Korea said Saturday it would strengthen its nuclear capabilities, a defiant protest against the U.N. Security Council's move to tighten sanctions against it.
North Korea officials said they were enriching uranium and would weaponize all plutonium, according to KCNA, the state-run North Korean news agency.
When enriched to a high degree, uranium can be used for weapons-grade material. Plutonium can be used in atomic bombs.
These moves are in response to Friday's U.N. resolution, according to the news agency, which referred to the resolution as a blockade.
"No matter how hard the U.S.-led hostile forces may try all sorts of isolation and blockade, the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), a proud nuclear power, will not flinch from them," KCNA said.
[Yeah, they're "proud." Proud countries do not have starving masses. - Sarge]