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The history of South Korea formally begins with its establishment on 15 August Korea was administratively partitioned in , at the end of World War II.
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August 30, President Obama signs an executive order that increases financial restrictions against North Korea. September 15, Stephen Bosworth, U. November 12, North Korea reveals that it has constructed a 2,centrifuge uranium enrichment facility to a visiting team of North Korea specialists, including former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Siegfried Hecker. Pyongyang also admits for the first time that it can produce uranium hexafluoride UF6 , the feedstock for uranium enrichment, confirming long-held suspicions about the presence of such a capability.

The enrichment plant is housed in the former fuel fabrication building for the graphite-moderated reactors at Yongbyon, and the LWR is being constructed at the former site of the 5 megawatt reactor's cooling tower. November 23, North Korea fires artillery rounds at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, of which hit the island killing two soldiers and injuring seventeen others. Three civilians were also hurt in the attack.


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South Korea returned fire and scrambled combat aircraft in the area. February 16, In Senate testimony, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says that North Korea likely has additional undeclared uranium enrichment facilities beyond the facility first revealed in November of February 28, U. March 15, North Korea tells a visiting Russian official that it is willing to return to six-party talks and to talk about its uranium-enrichment activities.

April 18, China proposes three-step revitalization of multilateral talks, beginning with bilateral talks between North and South Korea, followed by similar talks between the United States and North Korea, and, finally, a resumption of the six-party discussions. April 18, U. April 26, Former U.

President Jimmy Carter visits Pyongyang, accompanied by three other former heads of state, in a bid to revitalize negotiations. A North Korean spokesperson rejected the precondition, stating that denuclearization was an attempt by the South to open the way for an invasion. The vessel was believed to be carrying a shipment of missile components to Burma. The North Korean ship refused to be inspected, but voluntarily reversed course after being shadowed by the U.

July , U.

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This marked the first high-level meeting between the United States and North Korea in nearly two years, and the United States reportedly reiterated its willingness to restart negotiations if North Korea displayed committed itself to being a constructive partner in the negotiation process. August 24, After a meeting between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Pyongyang says that it would be willing to observe a moratorium on the production and testing of nuclear weapons and missiles in the context of resumed talks.

October , The United States and North Korea hold a round of talks in Geneva on steps to resume the six-party process. Special Representative for North Korea Policy. He is succeeded by his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, who is believed to be about 28 years old. February 29, Following a Feb.

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The United States says that it would provide North Korea , metric tons of food aid under strict monitoring. The United States says that the launch would violate a Feb. April 13, North Korea attempts to launch a weather satellite using the Unha-3, a three-stage liquid-fueled rocket, from its Sohae Satellite Launching Station in the southwest corner of the country.

During the first stage, after approximately 90 seconds, the rocket falls apart after veering slightly east from its intended course.


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The first stage appeared to be comprised of a cluster of four Nodong medium-range ballistic missiles engines. The second stage, which appeared to be based on a BM Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile did not ignite. It is unclear what caused the rocket launch to fail. Analysts speculate that there may have been a structural failure in the second stage, or that not all four of the engines in the first stage fired correctly.

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North Korea admits that the launch is a failure, which it did not do after the April launch, when the North Korean public was told that the satellite successfully entered orbit. The US officially halts its plans to send food aid to North Korea. April 15, In a parade honoring the th birthday of North Korea founder Kim Il-Sung, North Korea reveals six road-mobile ICBMs in a military parade, the KN, although most experts conclude that the missiles are mock-ups based on imagery analysis that reveals significant abnormalities in the design features.

April 16, The United Nations Security Council condemns North Korea's satellite launch because of applicability to ballistic missile development, declaring that it acted in violation of Security Council Resolutions and , and calls upon North Korea to comply with the provisions under the resolutions or face a tightening of sanctions.

April 19, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta tells the House Armed Services Committee that North Korea is getting "some help" from China on its missile development, but says that he does not know the extent of the assistance provided. December 1, North Korea announces it will attempt another satellite launch using a long-range rocket between the dates of December The rocket, also called the Unha-3, will be launched from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station and follow the same trajectory as the April 13, launch.

In response, the United States Department of State issues a statement saying that it would view a satellite launch as a "highly provocative act" that would threaten the peace and security of the region. December 12, North Korea launches the Unha Shortly after the launch the North Korean Central News Agency reports that the launch was a success and the satellite entered orbit. Japanese and South Korean officials confirm the launch and report that debris splashed down in the areas that North Korea indicated for the first and second stages.

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Resolution strengthens and expands existing sanctions put in place by the earlier resolutions and freezes the assets of additional North Korean individuals and people. January 24, The North Korean National Defense Commission announces its intentions to conduct another nuclear test and continue rocket launches. CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Toth says that the activity has "explosion-like characteristics" and confirms that the activity comes from the area of the and nuclear tests.

Resolution strengthens existing sanctions by expanding the scope of materials covered and adds additional financial sanctions, including blocking bulk cash transfers. Additional individuals and entities also are identified for asset freezes. The CTBTO concludes that the gases were likely released during an event approximately 50 days prior to the April 9 detection, which coincides with North Korea's February 13 nuclear test. April North Korea announces it plans to restart its heavy water reactor at Yongbyon. The shipment included small arms, light weapons, rocket-propelled grenades, artillery ammunition, and MiG aircraft in violation of UN Security Council resolutions that prohibit North Korea from importing and exporting weaponry.

August Satellite imagery indicates that North Korea likely restarted a nuclear reactor at its Yongbyon site.

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The heavy water reactor in question produced the spent fuel from which North Korea separated weapons-usable plutonium for its nuclear arsenal. The reactor was shut down in March 21, : North Korea test-fires 30 short-range rockets off its east coast, the latest in series of military actions condemned by South Korea. This is the first time in five years that North Korea has tested medium-range projectiles.

March 27, UN Security Council unanimously condemns North Korea for launching the midrange missiles, saying the launch violates council resolutions; China joins the council in criticizing the launch. March 30, North Korea threatens to carry out a 'new form' of nuclear test, one year after its third nuclear test raised military tensions on the Korean Peninsula and prompted the UN to tighten sanctions.

Pyongyang does not specify what it means by a 'new form,' but some speculate that it plans to make nuclear devices small enough to fit on ballistic missiles. While the shells fall harmlessly into the water, it is the most serious confrontation since an artillery duel in April 4, South Korea conducts its own missile test amid rising military threats from North Korea, successfully launching a newly developed ballistic missile capable of striking most of the North.

May 2, New commercial satellite imagery shows that North Korea is expanding its main rocket-launching site and testing engines of what is believed to be its first road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, according to the U. August 22, : Satellite images indicate that North Korea is likely to have the ability to launch a longer-range rocket that can carry a heavier payload by the end of this year. September 6, South Korean military says North Korea launched three short-range projectiles off its east coast. October Analysis from the U. A test-stand, likely for exploring the possibilities of launching ballistic missiles from submarines or ships is also identified at the shipyard.

October 25, General Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of US forces in South Korea, says he believes that North Korea can fit a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile, a process known as miniaturization. January 2, The United States expands sanctions on North Korean entities and individuals, some of which are involved with North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

January 10, North Korea announces it offered to suspend nuclear testing in exchange for the United States and South Korea calling off annual joint-military exercises slated for spring The United States rejects the offer. February 7, North Korea claims to test a new anti-ship missile. Kim Jong Un reportedly oversees the test.

February 8, North Korea tests five short-range ballistic missiles from Wonsan. The missiles fly approximately miles northeast into the ocean. April 7, Adm William Gortney, head of U. Experts dispute the assessment. May 9, North Korea successfully launches a ballistic missile, which it claims came from a submarine, that traveled about meters.

Experts believe the missile was launched from a submerged barge. November 28, North Korea tests a ballistic missile from a submarine. The missile test fails. December 8, The U. Treasury Department announces additional designations under Executive Orders and This includes the State Department designating North Korea's Strategic Rocket Force under for engaging in activities that contribute to delivery vehicles capable of carrying WMDs.

Several banks involved with proliferation financing were also named as were three shipping companies. December 21, North Korea tests another ballistic missile from a submarine.

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This test is reported as a success. January 6, North Korea announces it conducted a fourth nuclear weapons test, claiming to have detonated a hydrogen bomb for the first time.


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  • Monitoring stations from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization detect the seismic activity from the test. The type of device tested remains unclear, although experts doubt it was of a hydrogen bomb based on seismic evidence. February 7, North Korea launches a long-range ballistic missile carrying what it has said is an earth observation satellite in defiance of United Nations sanctions barring it from using ballistic missile technology, drawing strong international condemnation from other governments which believe it will advance North Korea's military ballistic missile capabilities.

    Resolution also introduces a requirement that UN member states inspect all cargo in transit to or from North Korea for illicit goods and arms. The missile test is a failure.