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North Korea in final stages of uranium enrichment

North Korea announced it is in the final stages of successfully enriching uranium, material that can be used to create nuclear weapons, and that it is in the process of weaponizing plutonium extracted from spent fuel rods, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

Pyongyang said it is not opposed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a statement made through the North's state-run KCNA, which cited a letter to the head of the United Nations Security Council, according to Yonhap.

"We are opposed to the six-party talks that infringes our autonomy and rights for peaceful development, and we have never denied the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the world," KCNA announced.

The statement came as a surprise, since North Korea over the past weeks has shown a reconciliatory attitude by freeing two American hostages as well as South Koreans who were also being held in the country in a separate incident.