North Korea is in the final stages of enriching uranium and has told the United Nations Security Council it is moving forward with its nuclear programs.
The latest move by the communist regime comes in the face of repeated international calls to halt all atomic activity.
But experts have long suspected that North Korea had a hidden uranium enrichment program.
North Korea says its decision to complete the program is a reaction to the Security Council's efforts to tighten sanctions against the regime, after it tested a nuclear bomb in May.
The regime has long sought one-on-one negotiations with the United States, making claims that the nuclear dispute is an issue between Pyongyang and Washington, D.C.
"Friday's action is a message from North Korea to Washington seeking direct dialogue while warning that its nuclear stockpile will increase unless Washington sits down with Pyongyang for negotiations," said Lee Sang-hyun, an analyst at the private Sejong Institute think tank near Seoul.
Source: The Associated Press