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Light water reactor construction under way in DPRK: FM spokesman

11-30-2011 13:19 BJT

PYONGYANG, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Wednesday that its nuclear activities related to the construction of an experimental light water reactor (LWR) and the production of low enriched uranium are underway, the official news agency KCNA reported.

But the nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes, it said, citing a statement by a Foreign Ministry spokesman.

"The construction of experimental LWR and the low enriched uranium for the provision of raw materials are progressing apace in reliance on solid foundation of the self-supporting national economy and the country's latest science and technologies making leaping progress," the statement said.

It reiterated that the peaceful use of nuclear energy is the legitimate right of a sovereign state recognized by international law. It also serves as the only way for solving the acute electricity problem in the DPRK as it has vast nuclear energy resources.

"The DPRK made up its mind to build its own light water reactor according to its economic development strategy given that there was no prospect for getting LWRs whose delivery was promised from outside." it said.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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