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1998 North Korea Special Weapons News



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    December

  • New Pentagon Plan: U.S. threatens invasion of north Korea, Deirdre Griswold - December 31, 1998: In a Dec. 2 statement, the General Staff of the Korean People's Army commented on press reports about "Operation Plan OPLAN 5027," the Pentagon blueprint for a new Korean war.
  • DPRK Ready to Launch Another Satellite, The People's Korea, 26 December 1998 -- Rodong Sinmun today comes out with a signed commentary on "warning" and "calls for stop" clamored for by the United States over the alleged "missile issue" of the DPRK.
  • NORTH KOREA YEARENDER Voice of America 24 December 1998 -- NORTH KOREA'S RELATIONS WITH ITS ASIAN NEIGHBORS REMAIN TENSE, AND THE COUNTRY IS STILL TECHNICALLY AT WAR WITH SOUTH KOREA. DESPITE SOME UNPRECEDENTED CONTACT ACROSS THE DIVIDED PENINSULA THIS YEAR, PYONGYANG'S AGGRESSIVE STANCE HAS KEPT RELATIONS FROM IMPROVING SIGNIFICANTLY.
  • TEXT: PRESIDENT AUTHORIZES $12 MILLION ASSISTANCE TO KEDO USIA 24 December 1998 -- President Clinton has determined that it is important to the security interests of the United States to furnish up to $12 million in funds for assistance for the Korean Peninsula Development Organization (KEDO) and has authorized the Secretary of State to take steps to furnish this assistance.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , DECEMBER 22, 1998 -- QUESTION: Have you seen the report that the North Koreans are preparing to launch a ballistic missile? MR. MCCLENNY: I've consulted our people, and they tell me there's no basis for this story.
  • KOREAS / SUBMARINE Voice of America 17 December 1998 -- SOUTH KOREA'S NAVAL FORCES SANK A NORTH KOREAN SUBMARINE IN A PREDAWN EXCHANGE OF FIRE ON FRIDAY. THE INCIDENT, WHICH BEGAN NEAR THE PORT OF YOSU IS THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF INCURSIONS BY NORTH KOREA INTO THE SOUTH'S WATERS.
  • UN / NORTH KOREA AID Voice of America 15 December 1998 -- THE UNITED NATIONS AND PRIVATE AGENCIES HAVE LAUNCHED A JOINT APPEAL FOR 376-MILLION DOLLARS TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO NORTH KOREA THROUGHOUT 1999.
  • State Department Briefing -- 15 December 1998 -- NORTH KOREA Status of Heavy Fuel Oil Delivery to North Korea US-DPRK Talks on Suspect Underground Construction New UN Appeal for Food Aid
  • NORTH KOREA / NUCLEAR Voice of America 14 December 1998 -- NORTH KOREA HAS DROPPED ITS DEMAND FOR CASH FOR U-S INSPECTIONS OF A SUSPECTED NUCLEAR WEAPONS SITE. PYONGYANG HAS AGREED TO INSPECTIONS IN RETURN FOR MORE FOOD AID FROM THE UNITED STATES .
  • KOREA TALKS Voice of America 11 December 1998 -- U-S AND NORTH KOREAN OFFICIALS CONCLUDED SIX DAYS OF TALKS AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY MADE SOME PROGRESS IN THEIR DISCUSSION ON AMERICAN ACCESS TO A SUSPECTED NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR FACILITY.
  • TEXT: US-N. KOREA TALKS ON SUSPECT UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION USIA 11 December 1998 -- Delegations from the United States and North Korea (DPRK) met several times in several venues from December 4-11 to continue discussions begun in August on US suspicions about underground construction at Kumchangni.
  • State Department Briefing -- 10 December 1998 -- N. KOREA World Program Survey/Starvation of N. Korean People/Reports of Food Shortages/US to Denote 300 Metric Tons in Food Aid to the World Food Program 1998 Appeal Issue of Whether Food Aid is Being Diverted/Congressional Staff Report that Stated Food Aid is Clearly Saving Lives/Vast Majority is Put to Proper Use/1999 Agreement/Monitoring of Food Aid USG has not Detected Diversion of Food/Pictures of Starving Children and N. Koreas Decisions on How it Uses its Resources USG Not to Impose Political Criteria When it Comes to Helping Innocent People
  • DoD News Briefing December 10, 1998 -- Q: Bill Perry, speaking on the issue of North Korea and on compliance or non-compliance with inspecting the possible underground facility, said the current situation appeared to be "moving toward a critical situation similar to that of June 1994."
  • DoD News Briefing December 8, 1998 -- Q: Can you give us anything on the report out of Japan, Tokyo, that the North Koreans are building three missile launch sites in the northern part of the country?
  • TEXT: PRESS RELEASE ON PERRY VISIT TO KOREA USIA 08 December 1998 -- William J. Perry, Special Advisor to President Clinton and Secretary of State Albright and North Korea Policy Coordinator, conducted two days of intensive meetings with Republic of Korea (ROK) officials and North Korea specialists as part of a review of U.S. policy towards North Korea.
  • DPRK to Strike U.S. Mainland in Case of War, The People's Korea, 05 December 1998 -- North Korean news media on Dec. 4 said the country will strike back the U.S. Mainland if the latter provokes another war on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Text of North Korean Threats [KCNA] 04 December 1998 - The fact that the United States has set out to execute the "Operation Plan 5027" eloquently proves that it's arrogant design for invading the DPRK has reached the stage of adventurous war beyond the danger line.
  • DoD News Briefing December 3, 1998 -- Q: On North Korea. I was wondering if you could comment first on the Pentagon's response or any steps that might be taken following North Korean threats yesterday of putting its forces on alert over this issue of their second nuclear site, as well as what the latest estimate is on when they may test another missile?
  • DPRK's Military Warns of "Annihilating Blow" to U.S., The People's Korea, 02 December 1998 -- The U.S. have recently gone beyond the danger line in their arrogant aggressive attempts to stifle the DPRK with military strength.
  • N. KOREA POLICY COORDINATOR PERRY TO TRAVEL TO REGION USIA 01 December 1998 -- Dr. William Perry, U.S. North Korea Policy Coordinator and Special Advisor to the President and the Secretary of State, will travel to Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing December 6-10, according to a statement by State Department Spokesman James Rubin.
  • DPRK Report Center for Nonproliferation Studies, November- December 1998 -- Russian analysts are reporting that North Korea is preparing for an "imminent" US air strike against suspected DPRK nuclear targets and that American "empty accusations" regarding underground facilities in the DPRK are an attempt to discredit a policy of engagement.

    November

  • DPRK TALKS ON SUSPECT UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION RESUME USIA 25 November 1998 -- Talks with the DPRK on suspect underground construction will resume in New York December 4 and 5. After a break on December 6, the two sides will continue in Washington, D.C. December 7 and 8.
  • CLINTON 'FINE TUNES' RELATIONS WITH JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA USIS Foreign Media Reaction Report -- November 24, 1998 -- On the question of how to deal with North Korea, which has refused access--except at a very high price tag--to a suspected underground nuclear facility near Yongbyon, analysts judged that Mr. Clinton's visit to Seoul had produced a single, "consistent" U.S.-South Korean policy toward Pyongyang, one based on engagement and encouragement of the North to "take advantage of its historic opportunity" to renew ties with South Korea.
  • NOKOR / NUKE Voice of America 23 November 1998 -- NORTH KOREA STRONGLY DENIED IT IS BUILDING AN UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR FACILITY AND ACCUSED SOUTH KOREA AND THE UNITED STATES OF WAGING A SMEAR CAMPAIGN.
  • Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen Briefing on 1998 East Asia Strategy Report November 23, 1998 -- Q: Mr. Secretary, a few months ago the assessment of that facility was that whatever it was, it really wouldn't be on-line for several years. It was a massive burying in rock and so on. Is there anything in the current assessment that changes that time frame into a more urgent question of nuclear capability?
  • REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO BASE PERSONNEL AND THEIR FAMILIES November 22, 1998 -- Let me reaffirm the view of the United States: North Korea must maintain its freeze on and move ahead to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, as it has agreed to do. It must comply with its obligations under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. It must halt its efforts to develop and proliferate chemical and biological weapons and ballistic missiles.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR SANDY BERGER November 21, 1998 - The five megawatt reactors have been closed down; the reprocessing plant is under seal; the spent fuel rods have been canned; the construction has stopped on the 50 megawatt reactor. Now, we have had information more recently on, in particular one site in the North, the purpose of which is not absolutely clear, but raises serious questions. If this turned out to be a facility inconsistent with the agreed framework, obviously that would be a serious matter and we would demand the site be closed, but it would call into question obviously the viability of the agreed framework. I don't want to describe the site, but we believe physical inspection of the site would help us ascertain its purpose, and presumably not only once, but over a period of time. I think we certainly would not pay for the right to inspect these sites.
  • CLINTON / KOREA Voice of America 21 November 1998 -- PRESIDENT CLINTON AND SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT KIM DAE JUNG SAY THEY WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY MOVES BY NORTH KOREA THAT WOULD FURTHER NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION.
  • NORTH KOREA WEAPONS Voice of America 20 November 1998 -- NORTH KOREA IS BUILDING NEW FACILITIES TO LAUNCH MEDIUM RANGE MISSILES, AND HAS BOOSTED EFFORTS TO BUILD SHORT RANGE WEAPONS. NORTH KOREA PLANS TO TEST-FIRE ANOTHER MISSILE CAPABLE OF HITTING JAPAN.
  • JOINT STATEMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT AND PRIME MINISTER OBUCHI November 20, 1998 -- I think it is important to keep in mind the difference between the missile program, which we have always been quite concerned about but over which we have no agreement with the North Koreans, and the agreed framework for containing the nuclear program.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY DIRECTOR OF ASIAN AFFAIRS FOR NSC JACK PRITCHARD, AND DEPUTY SECRETARY OF TREASURY LARRY SUMMERS November 20, 1998 -- What the North Koreans have initially indicated is that to allow inspections on this particular site, this new site, they have placed some obstacles in the way for which we have found not acceptable.
  • TRANSCRIPT: COHEN PRESS CONFERENCE 19 November 1998 -- Q: Mr. Secretary, there have been reports on North Korea that the United States and South Korea have found indications of plutonium in the soil, in the water around some of the suspected sites. SECRETARY COHEN: I cannot address the issue since it's an intelligence matter, but again it raises concerns.
  • State Department Briefing -- 19 November 1998 -- QUESTION: Do you have anything to say about a report that the soil and water samples taken from these two sites last year? MR. RUBIN: I wouldn't be able to get into the basis of our evidence; but let me say we have substantial evidence. We have credible evidence, and we have reason to believe that something suspicious in the nuclear area is going on there.
  • TRANSCRIPT: KARTMAN NEWS CONFERENCE ON TALKS WITH N. KOREA USIA 19 November 1998 -- During a press conference at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade November 19, U.S. Special Envoy for the Korean Peace Talks Charles Kartman said the United States and South Korea are determined to resolve suspicions that North Korea is using a site in the Kumchangni area for nuclear related purposes.
  • COHEN / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 19 November 1998 -- DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM COHEN SAYS CONCERNS ABOUT NORTH KOREA'S SUSPECTED NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM ARE 'SERIOUS' AND MIGHT SPELL THE END OF A KEY WEAPONS AGREEMENT.
  • N. KOREA / U-S Voice of America 19 November 1998 -- THE UNITED STATES HAS FAILED IN AN ATTEMPT TO CONVINCE PYONGYANG TO ALLOW INSPECTIONS OF SUSPECTED UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR SITES.
  • REP. TONY HALL 11/17 NEWS BRIEFING ON NORTH KOREAN FAMINE By Steve La Rocque USIA 18 November 1998 -- Grave-covered hillsides and overflowing orphanages are the current reality in famine-stricken North Korea, Representative Tony Hall (Democrat of Ohio) said at a November 17 press conference on his November 8-12 trip to that country.
  • State Department Briefing -- 18 November 1998 -- NORTH KOREA (Kartman's trip )Possibilities of Follow-on Meeting/Commitment to Access/Issue of Compensation Terms for Access of Site/Issue of Nuclear Activities Taking Place/Agreed Framework Perry's Role in Discussions/President's Travel to Region/Wide Gaps Resumption of Missile Talks
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing, NOVEMBER 16, 1998 - NORTH KOREA US believes access to underground facility is a major problem. Failure to resolve the access issue would call into question viability of Agreed Framework. Failure to resolve access issue would have negative consequences.
  • New Warplan Calls for Invasion of North Korea By Richard Halloran - November 14, 1998 -- United States and South Korean military commanders are completing a new war plan [Operation Plan OPLAN 5027] intended to invade North Korea to demolish its armed forces, capture the capital at Pyongyang, and destroy the North Korean regime.
  • U-S / N. KOREA Voice of America 13 November 1998 -- U-S OFFICIALS ARE EXPECTED TO PRESS FOR U-S ACCESS TO THE SUSPECTED NORTH KOREAN UNDERGROUND FACILITY. NORTH KOREA HAS ALREADY INDICATED IT WILL NOT ALLOW ANY INSPECTIONS AND HAS CALLED THE U-S DEMAND AN INSULT.
  • U-S / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 12 November 1998 -- NORTH KOREA HAS AGAIN DEMANDED CASH COMPENSATION FROM THE UNITED STATES, FOR THE RIGHT TO INSPECT A SUSPECTED NUCLEAR SITE. THE DEMAND COMES AS NEW CRACKS APPEAR IN A 1994 DEAL FREEZING NORTH KOREA S NUCLEAR PROGRAM.
  • STATE DEPT. ON NEW NORTH KOREA POLICY COORDINATOR USIA 12 November 1998 -- President Clinton has named former Secretary of Defense William Perry to be the Administration's North Korea Policy Coordinator.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , NOVEMBER 9, 1998 -- The North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman came out and said we will not tolerate any types of inspections of the underground site, prior to the meeting tomorrow or the briefing tomorrow.

    October

  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , OCTOBER 28, 1998 -- Ambassador Charles Kartman, our Special Envoy for the Korean Peace Talks, will lead a US delegation to Pyongyang November 16 to 18 to continue serious discussions on suspect underground construction in North Korea. The talks, which began in New York during high-level meetings in August, are aimed at completely satisfying US concerns regarding the suspect construction.
  • NORTH KOREA -- MEETING ON SUSPECT UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION USIA 28 October 1998 -- Ambassador Charles Kartman, U.S. Special Envoy for the Korean Peace Talks, will lead a U.S. delegation to Pyongyang November 16-18 to continue serious discussions on suspect underground construction in North Korea.
  • NORTH KOREA / FAMINE Voice of America 27 October 1998 -- THE HEAD OF THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM SAYS THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN FAMINE-STRICKEN NORTH KOREA HAS IMPROVED.
  • JOINT PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT AT KOREA FOUR-PARTY TALKS USIA 24 October 1998 -- After four days of talks in Geneva, the participants in the Third Plenary of Four-Party Talks -- North and South Korea, the United States and China -- issued a joint press announcement stating that they had reached a procedural agreement to establish two separate subcommittees to work on the problems of "the establishment of a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula and tension reduction there."
  • BACKGROUND BRIEFING ON KOREA FOUR-PARTY TALKS USIA 24 October 1998 -- The United States believes the Third Plenary of Four-Party Talks among North and South Korea, the United States and China was a "successful round," and hopes it will lead to more substantive discussions in the future, according to a senior U.S. official.
  • NORTH KOREA / PEACE TALKS Voice of America 22 October 1998 -- TALKS DESIGNED TO SECURE A PERMANENT PEACE TREATY ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA WERE OVERSHADOWED THURSDAY BY NORTH KOREAN ANGER AT PLANNED U-S MILITARY EXERCISES WITH SOUTH KOREA.
  • U.S. OPTIMISTIC ABOUT AGREEMENT ON SUBCOMMITTEES AT KOREA TALKS By Wendy Lubetkin USIA 22 October 1998 -- On the second day of peace talks between North and South Korea in Geneva, the head of the U.S. delegation expressed optimism that the current round will conclude with an agreement on the formation of two subcommittees: one on replacing the Armistice with a peace arrangement, and the other on confidence-building measures to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
  • KOREA FOUR PARTY TALKS RESUME: THIRD PLENARY OPENS IN GENEVA By Wendy Lubetkin USIA 21 October 1998 -- North and South Korea, China and the United States resumed four-way talks aimed at reducing tension and establishing a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
  • JAPAN / NORTH KOREA KEDO Voice of America 21 October 1998 -- THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT SAYS IT IS READY TO LIFT ITS FREEZE ON FUNDING TO THE KOREAN PENINSULA ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION.
  • U-S / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 21 October 1998 -- MEMBERS OF CONGRESS LIKED THE IDEA OF PUTTING CONDITIONS ON ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE NORTH KOREAN ENERGY PROJECT AND FUEL OIL SHIPMENTS.
  • KOREA / U-S Voice of America 20 October 1998 -- THE TOP AMERICAN OFFICIAL IN SOUTH KOREA SAYS A NUCLEAR ACCORD WITH NORTH KOREA IS ON TRACK DESPITE MOVES IN THE U-S CONGRESS TO BLOCK FUNDING.
  • EDITORIAL: NORTH KOREAN MISSILES Voice of America 16 October 1998 -- NORTH KOREA'S PROGRAM POSES A RISK TO COUNTRIES WITHIN RANGE OF ITS BALLISTIC MISSILES, WHICH ARE CAPABLE OF CARRYING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
  • NORTH KOREA TALKS END Voice of America 02 October 1998 -- A ROUND OF MISSILE PROLIFERATION TALKS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND NORTH KOREA ENDED FRIDAY IN NEW YORK WITH AN AGREEMENT TO HOLD FURTHER TALKS SOON.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing OCTOBER 1, 1998 -- NORTH KOREA Talks began today. US has serious concerns about their missile development program.
  • U-S / NORTH KOREA TALKS Voice of America 01 October 1998 -- THE UNITED STATES AND NORTH KOREA BEGAN A NEW ROUND OF TALKS THURSDAY ON MISSILE PROLIFERATION.

    September

  • NORTH KOREA'S MISSILE THREAT Voice of America 30 September 1998 -- U-S OFFICIALS ARE REASSESSING THE THREAT POSED BY A NORTH KOREAN MISSILE LAUNCH OVER JAPAN LAST MONTH. ALTHOUGH A LAUNCH WAS EXPECTED, THE TECHNOLOGY USED HAS RAISED ALARMS ABOUT NORTH KOREA'S POTENTIAL ABILITY TO SEND NUCLEAR WARHEADS TO DISTANT TARGETS, INCLUDING U-S TERRITORY.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , SEPTEMBER 30, 1998 - NORTH KOREA Third Plenary Meeting of the Four-Party Talks in Geneva 10/21 US-DPRK Missile Talks Begin Tomorrow in New York Doctors Without Borders Withdrawing from North Korea Status of World Food Program/Monitoring/US Contribution North Korean Export of Missile Technology Reported Diversion of Food Aid US-DPRK Meeting on Terrorism Funding for Heavy Fuel Oil /Status of Delivery/Shortfall
  • Presidential Determination No. 98-37 September 29, 1998 - To furnish up to $10 million in funds for the U.S. contribution to KEDO.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , SEPTEMBER 18, 1998 -- N. KOREA Foreign Operations Bill and KEDO / Nuclear capability / Access to Underground Facility / Talks with Congress / Heavy Fuel Oil / Waiver Authority Next Year's Funding Debris from Missile Launch / Terrorism Talks
  • DoD News Briefing, September 17, 1998 Q: You said Tuesday that based on the information you had, you estimated the capability of the North Korean missile at 4,000 to 6,000 kilometers which would put it in the range of Alaska going in that direction.
  • DoD News Briefing, September 15, 1998 - Q: Can you give us the most current assessment now of North Korea's August 31st missile test and what capability the U.S. believes it represents?
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , SEPTEMBER 15, 1998 - NORTH KOREA Trilateral meeting in New York. Funding of KEDO. US has monitored long-range missile efforts since 1980 Extremely worrisome development. Implementation of Agreed Framework
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , SEPTEMBER 14, 1998 -- NORTH KOREA US, Japanese and South Korean officials are meeting to discuss situation in DPRK. KEDO agreement issues are being discussed today. US analysis of missile firing concludes it was a failed satellite launch. DPRK missile technology has been marketed worldwide, including to PAKISTAN.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , SEPTEMBER 10, 1998 NORTH KOREA Results of US-DPRK Talks/Series of Talks Set Up Delivery of Heavy Fuel Oil Provision of Light Water Reactors by KEDO World Food Program Appeal/Additional Food Aid Assessment of Recent Missile Test/Possibility of Satellite Launch Dates For the Resumption of Four-Party Talks Assessment of Congressional Support for Funding for Fuel Oil/Food Aid
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , SEPTEMBER 8, 1998 -- N. KOREA Missile launch and Japan fly over/Bilateral and Regional concerns/Inability to confirm claims of satellite launch and/or orbit/Notice to Mariners/Current and Future Meetings/Agreed Framework and the topic of missiles/US View on Kim Jung-Il being election
  • DoD News Briefing Tuesday, September 8, 1998 -- We are not able to confirm the North Korean assertion that it launched a satellite on August 31st.... no matter what the purpose of the August 31st launch was, whether it was to launch a satellite or to do something else, it did demonstrate that the North Koreans have an ability to delivery payloads over a longer range with the new Taepo-Dong I missile
  • North Korean Scientists on DPRK Artificial Satellite Technology, The People's Korea, 08 September 1998 - "Under the wise guidance of the great Kim Jong Il, the DPRK has developed a multi-stage rocket capable of carrying an artificial satellite already in the 1980s and made remarkable successes in researches into satellites as well."
  • KCNA on First Artificial Satellite of DPRK, The People's Korea, 08 September 1998 -- The first artificial satellite of the DPRK launched at Musudan-Ri, Hwadae County, North Hamgyong Province, on Aug. 31 is now revolving round the earth.
  • Government to Take Series of Actions to Cope with N.K. Missile Launch , Sept. 5, 1998 (KPS)--The Korean Government is planning a series of bilateral and multilateral meetings with other countries in the wake of North Korea's launch of a rocket early this week in the belief that the launch, whether it was a missile or a satellite, constitutes a serious threat to the security of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.
  • KCNA on Successful Launch of First Satellite in DPRK, The People's Korea, 04 September 1998 -- The Koran Central News Agency broadcast a report today over the successful launch of the first artificial satellite aboard a multistage rocket into orbit.
  • DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman: It was Not Missile, The People's Korea, 04 September 1998 -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea issued a statement today over the successful launch of an artificial satellite carried out by a competent department of the DPRK recently.
  • DPRK on Alleged Test-firing of Long-Distance Missile, The People's Korea, 02 September 1998 -- The spokesman for the Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee issued a statement today accusing Japan of making a fuss these days about a long-distance missile launching test that Japan says was carried out by the DPRK.
  • DPRK on Alleged Test-firing of Long-Distance Missile September 2 (KCNA) -- The spokesman for the Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee issued a statement today accusing Japan of making a fuss these days about a long-distance missile launching test that Japan says was carried out by the DPRK.
  • Koreans deny passing nuke secrets to Pak Redif On The NeT 25 September 1998 -- North Korea has denied reports that it was supplying missile technology to Pakistan and said this was misinformation spread by countries with vested interests.
  • TEXT: U.S., JAPAN, ROK JOINT STATEMENT ON NORTH KOREA ISSUES USIA 25 September 1998 -- (Sept. 24 talks confirm importance of Agreed Framework)
  • U-S/NORTH KOREA Voice of America 24 September 1998 -- U-S OFFICIALS SAY THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION'S POLICY TOWARD NORTH KOREA WILL CONTINUE UNCHANGED -- DESPITE STRONG CRICITISM FROM SOME KEY U-S LAWMAKERS THAT THE POLICY HAS FAILED.
  • U-S/NORTH KOREA Voice of America 22 September 1998 -- THE UNITED STATES ANNOUNCED MONDAY THAT IT WOULD DELIVER ADDITIONAL FOOD AID TO FAMINE STRICKEN NORTH KOREA.
  • TEXT: U.S. CONTRIBUTES ADDITIONAL FOOD AID TO NORTH KOREA USIA 21 September 1998 -- (Responds to WFP with 300,000 metric tons of wheat)
  • TRANSCRIPT: ALBRIGHT/COHEN/KOMURA/NUKAGA PRESS AVAILABILITY USIA 21 September 1998 -- Neither the United States nor Japan is under any illusions about North Korea or the potential threat it poses to peace and stability in the region, according to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
  • U-S/JAPAN--NORTH KOREA Voice of America 20 September 1998 -- JAPAN CONTINUES TO BALK AT PROVIDING ONE-BILLION DOLLARS TO NORTH KOREA FOR SAFER NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS BECAUSE OF PYONGYANG'S RECENT TEST OF A MULTI-STAGE MISSILE THAT SOARED OVER JAPAN.
  • DEALING WITH NORTH KOREA Voice of America 19 September 1998 -- INTERPRETATION OF RECENT EVENTS IN NORTH KOREA, PARTICULARLY THE PROVOCATIVE LAUNCH OF THIS MISSILE, WHICH THEY DIDN'T EVEN BOTHER TO GIVE AN EXPLANATION FOR TILL FIVE DAYS AFTER IT HAPPENED.
  • U-S / KOREA Voice of America 11 September 1998 -- U-S SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT HAS EMPHASIZED THAT NORTH KOREA WILL HAVE TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON ASSURANCES ABOUT ITS WEAPONS PROGRAM GIVEN IN RECENT NEW YORK MEETINGS WITH U-S OFFICIALS.
  • TEXT: U.S.-NORTH KOREA (DPRK) TALKS MAKE PROGRESS USIA 10 September 1998 -- Meeting in New York seven times from August 21 to September 5, U.S. negotiators obtained commitments from their North Korean counterparts on a range of issues of major concern to the U.S., our allies the Republic of Korea and Japan, and the region as a whole.
  • SOUTH KOREA / NORTH KOREA UPDATE Voice of America 10 September 1998 -- SOUTH KOREA'S FOREIGN MINISTER HONG SOON-YOUNG SAYS ALL AVAILABLE INFORMATION SUPPORTS NORTH KOREA'S EXPLANATION THAT LAST WEEK'S TEST LAUNCH OF AN INTERMEDIATE-RANGE MISSILE WAS ACTUALLY A SATELLITE THAT FAILED TO REACH ORBIT.
  • U-S / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 10 September 1998 -- THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION IS DEMANDING ANSWERS ABOUT A SUSPECTED NUCLEAR WEAPONS PLANT IN NORTH KOREA, AND STILL TRYING TO DETERMINE IF THE NATION HAS LAUNCHED A SATELLITE.
  • Comment on North Korean Launch News Release Release No. 25-98 - 09 September 1998 - UNITED STATES SPACE COMMAND -- US Space Command has not been able to confirm North Korean assertions that it launched a small satellite on August 31, 1998.
  • KOREA TALKS Voice of America 09 September 1998 -- OFFICIALS FROM SOUTH KOREA, JAPAN, AND THE UNITED STATES WILL MEET NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS A RANGE OF ISSUES RELATED TO COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA. THE NORTH'S RECENT LAUNCH OF A MISSILE WILL BE NEAR THE TOP OF THE AGENDA.
  • KOREA TALKS Voice of America 08 September 1998 -- NORTH KOREA HAS REPORTEDLY AGREED IN CONTACTS WITH THE UNITED STATES TO RESUME PEACE TALKS NEXT MONTH.
  • KOREA SATELLITE Voice of America 08 September 1998 -- PENTAGON OFFICIALS SAY EXPERTS WITH SENSITIVE EQUIPMENT HAVE SEARCHED THE SKY AND AIRWAVES, BUT HAVE NOT FOUND THE SATELLITE NORTH KOREA SAYS IT LAUNCHED LAST WEEK.
  • PROFILE: KIM JONG-IL Voice of America 06 September 1998 -- NORTH KOREA'S PARLIAMENT HAS RE-ELECTED DE FACTO LEADER KIM JONG-IL AS HEAD OF THE COMMUNIST COUNTRY'S NATIONAL DEFENSE COMMISSION.
  • Rodong Sinmun on successful launch of "Kwangmyongsong No. 1" The successful launch of the first artificial satellite "Kwangmyongsong No.1" in Korea demonstrated the inexhaustible potentials of Juche Korea.
  • US Unable To Discount DPRK Satellite Claim By Paul Flatin Tokyo Kyodo 05 September 1998 -- John pike, director of the space policy project at the American federation of scientists, says it is also not impossible for the U.S. Space tracking network to make a mistake.
  • North Korean satellite? Jonathan's Space Report No. 371 1998 Sep 5 -- The figures in the North Korean press release are inconsistent. They say that launch was at 86 degrees azimuth, and the first stage fell 253 km downrange at 40.85N 139.67E, the second stage 1646 km downrange at 40.22N 149.12E. The claim for the first stage is clearly wrong, it's much more than 253 km from N Korea and practically on the beach in Japan.
  • North Korean launch Phillip Clark September 5th, 1998 - Worldwide Satellite Launches (ISSN 1352-8203). None of the usual amateur radio satellite observers have reported hearing anything of these claimed transmissions. Although the North Koreans claimed that this was a successful orbital launch there is no evidence that anything actually reached orbit.
  • Russia verifies satellite launch BBC September 5, 1998 -- Russia says North Korea has succeeded in launching its first satellite into orbit. Russian officials published details of the satellite's position and said they had given it an identity number.
  • [EXCERPT] Russia Spots North Korean Satellite MOSCOW, Sept 5 (AFP) - Russia's space observation centre has spotted the satellite North Korea claimed to have launched Monday, ITAR-TASS news agency reported Saturday. The observation centre, which is run by the Russia armed forces, confirmed Pyongyang's statement that the satellite had been placed in orbit.
  • North Korean satellite?Jonathan's Space Report No. 371 1998 Sep 5 -- The figures in the North Korean press release are inconsistent. They say that launch was at 86 degrees azimuth, and the first stage fell 253 km downrange at 40.85N 139.67E, the second stage 1646 km downrange at 40.22N 149.12E. The claim for the first stage is clearly wrong, it's much more than 253 km from N Korea and practically on the beach in Japan.
  • Ground track of North Korean satellite launch - if there was one! Sven Grahn
  • JAPAN / NORTH KOREA MISSLE Voice of America 04 September 1998 -- THE NORTH KOREANS SAY THAT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IS THAT THEY LAUNCHED A SATELLITE INTO SPACE ON MONDAY.
  • Successful launch of first satellite in DPRK Korean Central News Agency 04 September 1998 -- The Korean Central News Agency Broadcast a report today over the successful launch of the first artificial satellite in the DPRK. The rocket was launched at 12:07 August 31, Juche 87 (1998). The rocket is of three stages. The satellite is now transmitting the melody of the immortal revolutionary hymns "Song of General Kim Il Sung" and "Song of General Kim Jong Il" and the morse signals "Juche Korea" in 27 mhz. The artificial satellite recently launched just before the historic first session of the 10th Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK manifests the iron will and indomitable spirit of our party, army and people.
  • KOREA MISSILE / NUKE ACCORD Voice of America 04 September 1998 -- NORTH KOREA'S MISSILE TEST OVER JAPANESE TERRITORY MAY HAVE PUT IN JEOPARDY THE 1994 ACCORD THAT HALTED PYONGYANG'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM.
  • North Demands Money for Ending Missile Projects Shin Yong-bae Korea Herald 09-03-98 : North Korea has demanded money from the United States in return for its withdrawal of a plan to develop missiles. The North put forth the demand during its recent high-level talks with the United States, Unification Minister Kang In-duk said. Kang said the North has exported a total of 250 missiles, worth about $580 million, to Iran, Syria and the United Arab Emirates during the period from 1987 to 1992. To avoid pressure from the United States and other Western countries to stop its missile exports, the North has, since 1993, shipped parts to be manufactured in those countries.
  • JAPAN / NORTH KOREAN MISSILES Voice of America 0 4 September 1998 - JAPANESE DEFENSE OFFICIALS -- CRITICIZED BY THE PUBLIC AND OPPOSITION POLITICIANS FOR A DELAYED AND MUTED RESPONSE TO THE UNPRECEDENTED NORTH KOREAN MISSILE TEST WHICH FLEW OVER THE JAPANESE MAINLAND -- ARE TALKING TOUGHER NOW.
  • NORTH KOREA'S MISSILE TEST GETS ATTENTION Voice of America 03 September 1998 - CLEARLY, ONE OF THE WEEK'S MAJOR FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES WAS THE UNEXPECTED TEST OF THE LATEST NORTH KOREAN MEDIUM-RANGE MISSILE.
  • NORTH KOREA'S MISSILE TEST OVER JAPAN: A 'PROVOCATIVE' 'SHOT ACROSS THE BOW' USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report September 3, 1998 -- North Korea's test-firing this past Monday of a medium-range missile, part of which flew over the Japanese island of Honshu before plunging into the Pacific Ocean, evoked swift condemnation from media outlets in the region and beyond.
  • JAPAN / NOKOR MISSILE Voice of America 03 September 1998 - JAPAN'S MILITARY IS ON A HEIGHTENED LEVEL OF ALERT TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER RECEIVING INFORMATION NORTH KOREA IS PREPARING TO CONDUCT A SECOND MISSILE TEST LAUNCH.
  • SENATE - NORTH KOREA Voice of America 02 September 1998 - THE U-S SENATE HAS SIGNALED ITS DISPLEASURE AT NORTH KOREA FOR TEST-FIRING A MISSILE OVER JAPAN AND ALLEGEDLY CONDUCTING A SECRET NUCLEAR ARMS PROGRAM. LAWMAKERS OVERWHELMINGLY CALLED FOR RESTRICTIONS ON NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR ACCORD WITH THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER NATIONS.
  • CONGRESS WILL REASSESS NORTH KOREA AID, GILMAN SAYS By Judy Aita USIA 02 September 1998 -- As the US-North Korea talks stalled September 1, US Representative Benjamin Gilman (Republican-New York) warned that when Congress resumes work next week it will take a new look at US aid to North Korea.
  • THE NORTH KOREAN MISSILE TEST - U-S OPINION ROUNDUP Voice of America 02 September 1998 - NORTH KOREA TEST FIRED A NEW LONGER-RANGE MISSILE ACROSS THE SEA OF JAPAN AND OVER THE JAPANESE MAINLAND. THE TEST FIRING HAS FURTHER HEIGHTENED TENSIONS BETWEEN THE SECRETIVE REGIME IN PYONGYANG AND BOTH JAPAN AND THE UNITED STATES.
  • CHINA / ISRAEL Voice of America 02 September 1998 - ISRAEL HAS JOINED THE LIST OF COUNTRIES EXPRESSING CONCERN OVER NORTH KOREA'S TEST-FIRING OF A BALLISTIC MISSILE EARLIER THIS WEEK.
  • US-NORTH KOREA TALKS WILL RESUME ON SEPTEMBER 3 By Jane A. Morse USIA 02 September 1998 -- US-North Korean bilateral talks will resume in New York City September 3, according to a State Department official.
  • DESPITE NORTH KOREAN MISSILE TESTS, US SUPPORTS AGREED FRAMEWORK By Jane A. Morse USIA 01 September 1998 -- North Korea's most recent missile test is considered destabilizing, but it has not shaken US confidence in the Agreed Framework, US officials say.
  • TRANSCRIPT: NSC, DOD, STATE BRIEFING USIA 01 September 1998 -- Robert Bell There's no question that the test of the Taepo Dong-1 will factor into the congressional debate on national missile defense. One of the reasons that we are confident that we will have three years strategic warning of an intercontinental-range threat is that the degree of technical challenge going from an intermediate-range missile like the Taepo Dong-1 to an intercontinental-range missile like the Taepo Dong-2 is really quite profound.
  • NORTH KOREA MISSILE ANALYSIS Voice of America 01 September 1998 - THE EFFECTS OF NORTH KOREA'S TEST OF A BALLISTIC MISSILE OVER JAPAN CONTINUE TO REVERBERATE -- WITH WEAPONS EXPERTS WARNING THE MOVE COULD POSE A NEW SECURITY RISK TO ASIA AND THE WORLD.
  • North Korea's Test Missile Launch Press Conference by the Press Secretary 1 September, 1998 - Japan really deplores the launching of the missile, from the viewpoint of Japan's security and the peace and stability of Northeast Asia, as well as from the viewpoint of the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Chief Cabinet Secretary Nonaka in his press conference this morning said that we need to look at the question of ballistic missile defense.
  • Announcement by the Chief Cabinet Secretary on Japan's immediate response to North Korea's missile launch 1 September, 1998 - After consulting with US and ROK, progress on KEDO will be suspended for the time being. In connection with Japan's defense policy, technical study on the ballistic missile defense system will be further continued, and the bills related to the Japan-US Defense Guidelines are expected to be approved and enacted soon.
  • JAPAN/ NORTH KOREAN MISSILE Voice of America 01 September 1998 - JAPAN IS EXPRESSING STRONG CONCERN ABOUT NORTH KOREA'S TEST-FIRING OF A NEW TYPE OF MISSILE OVER THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN ON MONDAY.
  • CHINA / KOREAN MISSILE Voice of America 01 September 1998 - CHINA IS CALLING FOR NEGOTIATIONS TO END TENSIONS CAUSED BY NORTH KOREA'S LAUNCH OF A BALLISTIC MISSILE OVER JAPAN AND INTO THE PACIFIC OCEAN MONDAY.

    August

  • Taepodong 1 test flight - FR: David Wright Aug 31, 1998 -- The missile is probably a two-stage missile that uses the Nodong as its first stage and something like a Scud as the second stage. This combination is the obvious next step in missile development once North Korea had a working Nodong.
  • Comment by Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiromu Nonaka on North Korea's Test Missile Launch August 31, 1998 -- I think it extremely dangerous that the launching should have been conducted, with no prior notice, into the seas around Japan where many Japanese vessels, airplanes, etc. are operating.
  • NORTH KOREA'S LATEST MISSILE TEST RAISES US CONCERN By Jane A. Morse USIA 31 August 1998 -- North Korea's first test of a missile with a range of more than 1,500 kilometers is raising serious concern in the United States, according to a State Department spokesman.
  • NORTH KOREA-MISSILE Voice of America 31 August 1998 - NORTH KOREA FIRED A MISSILE (MONDAY) INTO THE WATERS THAT SEPARATE THE KOREAN PENINSULA FROM JAPAN.
  • North Korean Missile Launch gets Attention Pacifica Network News August 31, 1998 In what some are calling a provocation, North Korea today test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile over Japan. Japanese officials said they knew of North Korea's plans and tried to stop the launch. Japan's Vice Foreign Minister has said there is nothing to suggest the missile was anything but a test and it was not carrying a warhead. In Washington, Pentagon officials are viewing the launch as a serious development. Mark Bevis interviews John Pike, a security analyst with the Federation of American Scientists
  • TEXT: KARTMAN NAMED U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TO KEDO USIA 27 August 1998 -- Ambassador Charles Kartman has been named as U.S. Representative to the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) and Chairman of its Executive Board, succeeding Ambassador Paul Cleveland. Ambassador Kartman is the U.S. Special Envoy for the Korean Peace Talks.
  • Department of State Daily Briefing , AUGUST 26, 1998 NORTH KOREA Talks have recessed; resumption still undecided US has no reason to conclude that North Korea is in violation of Agreed Framework
  • NORTH KOREA ASSISTANCE Voice of America 26 August 1998 - THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES SAYS THAT RECENT FLASH FLOODS AND HAIL IN NORTH KOREA ARE LIKELY TO WORSEN THE FOOD SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY.
  • U-S / NORTH KOREA TALKS Voice of America 25 August 1998 - TALKS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND NORTH KOREA ENTERED THEIR THIRD DAY TODAY (TUESDAY) IN NEW YORK.
  • NOKOR / NUKES / PENTAGON Voice of America 20 August 1998 -- THE UNITED STATES AND NORTH KOREA RESUME NUCLEAR TALKS FRIDAY, AMID CONCERNS THAT AN AGREEMENT TO STOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS PRODUCTION BY NORTH KOREA IS ERODING.
  • NORTH KOREA FAMINE Voice of America 19 August 1998 -- A U-S CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION THAT JUST CONCLUDED A ONE-WEEK VISIT TO NORTH KOREA SAYS 300-THOUSAND TO 800-THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE DIED ANNUALLY AS A RESULT OF FOOD SHORTAGES.
  • N. Korea admits missile exports, seeks damages Hindustan Times Aug. 19 1998 -- A four-member fact-finding HIRC team which returned from North Korea was told that the latter earned about $500 million a year from misssile exports. However, the HIRC estimate is that North Korea earns $1.5 billion from missile exports.
  • NORTH KOREA / NUCLEAR Voice of America 18 August 1998 -- THE UNITED STATES PLANS TO DEMAND NORTH KOREA STOP ALL WORK AT AN UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION PROJECT DETECTED BY U-S INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES.
  • DoD News Briefing , August 18, 1998 -- Q: What can you tell us about the digging in Korea that's alleged to be, possibly, an underground nuclear site? Is there indication -- is there evidence that digging is going on? A: We've said in the past that we believe they had, perhaps, generated enough fuel to create a small number, one or two -- a small number of nuclear devices. This is not what you would call a robust nuclear program.
  • REMARKS BY MIKE MCCURRY IN PRESS GAGGLE August 17, 1998 -- MCCURRY: Well, predictably, there's not much that I can say to comment on intelligence reports that appear in newspapers. But I will say the following: that we believe that the DPRK remains in compliance with the agreed framework.
  • NORTH KOREA/ NUCLEAR Voice of America 13 August 1998 -- NORTH KOREA THREATENED AGAIN (THURSDAY) TO RESTART ITS FROZEN NUCLEAR PROGRAM IF WASHINGTON FAILS TO DROP ECONOMIC SANCTIONS.
  • SPECIAL STATE DEPARTMENT BRIEFING 13 August 1998 -- NORTH KOREA -- Foley announced that US bilateral talks with Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) are scheduled for August 21 in New York.
  • DPRK - Pakistan Ghauri Missile Cooperation by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Revised: August 12, 1998: An earlier, and shorter, version of this paper appeared as "A Silent Partner," Jane's Defense Weekly, Vol. 29, No. 20, May 20, 1998, pp. 16-17.
  • Potential Crisis with the Geneva Agreed Framework between the U.S. and the DPRK" by L. Gordon Flake, PacNet #32 - 09 August 1998 -- North Korea has moved away from full compliance with the Agreed Framework in several key ways, blaming lack of US effort to fully implement the deal.

    July

  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , JULY 16, 1998 -- NORTH KOREA Development, deployment of ballistic missiles Question of whether North Korea possesses nuclear weapons
  • DoD News Briefing , July 16, 1998 -- The Rumsfeld Commission said, and I quote, that "the No Dong was operationally deployed long before the U.S. Government recognized that fact." Last week Secretary Cohen declined to confirm that the No Dong had been deployed.
  • Delayed Oil Shipment, Continuing Economic Sanction Rattles DPRK's Nuclear Saber The People's Korea (7/15/98) The DPRK has declared that it may resume its suspended nuclear program, charging that the U.S. isn't living up to its end of a 1994 bilateral agreements, including lifting economic sanctions and delivering 500,000 metric tons of heavy fuel oil annually.
  • Timetable to Final Solution of Nuclear Issue under DPRK-U.S. Agreed Framework The People's Korea
  • U-S / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 15 July 1998 -- A REPORT PREPARED FOR THE U-S CONGRESS SAYS NORTH KOREA HAS NOT LET INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR INSPECTORS CHECK ON WHAT HAPPENED TO WEAPONS GRADE FUEL IT MAY HAVE PRODUCED BEFORE 1994.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , JULY 15, 1998 -- NORTH KOREA 1994 Agreed Framework froze their nuclear weapons development GAO report correct: North Korea still hasn't clarified key discrepancy IAEA has necessary access to monitor the freeze, which is still in effect US has no evidence of a secret nuclear program US continues to withhold key components of light water reactor Continuing discrepancy not a violation of the Agreed Framework US will continue to live up to its KEDO commitments US is stepping up efforts with Congress and internationally to provide heavy fuel oil
  • SENATE - KOREA NUKE Voice of America 14 July 1998 -- THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION IS URGING CONGRESS TO HELP SUSTAIN THE AGREEMENT THAT HALTED NORTH KOREA'S SUSPECTED NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM.
  • SOUTH KOREA DEFENSE Voice of America 10 July 1998 -- SOUTH KOREA'S DEFENSE MINISTER SAYS NORTH KOREA'S MILITARY IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY POWERFUL IN CONTROLLING EVENTS IN THE ISOLATED ASIAN NATION.
  • DoD News Briefing Thursday, July 9, 1998 - Secretary Cohen: What we can say is that North Korea has completed its development of the No Dong missile, but I am not in a position to comment in terms of when or where or how there has been a deployment of the missile itself.
  • NORTH KOREA / FOOD Voice of America 09 July 1998 -- NORTH KOREA HAS ADMITTED IT FACES MORE FOOD SHORTAGES THIS YEAR DUE TO NATURAL DISASTERS AND A COLD SNAP.
  • U-S / NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR Voice of America 07 July 1998 -- FUNDING GAPS AND OIL SHIPMENT DELAYS HAVE CREATED PROBLEMS FOR THE 1994 AGREEMENT THAT HALTED NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. HOWEVER ANALYSTS AND SOURCES CLOSE TO THE ISSUE EXPECT THE AGREEMENT TO PREVAIL.
  • U-S/NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR Voice of America 06 July 1998 -- THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS NORTH KOREA HAS MAINTAINED THE FREEZE OF ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM, DESPITE COMPLAINTS FROM PYONGYANG THAT PROMISED FUEL OIL HAS NOT BEEN DELIVERED.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing MONDAY, JULY 6, 1998 -- KOREA KEDO Delivery of Fuel to N. Korea per Agreement U.S. Willingness to Support KEDO in its Efforts U.S. Efforts to Aid KEDO in Fulfilling its Commitment Asia Financial Crisis/Effect on N. Korean Compliance with Agreement No Linkage with Four-Party Talks

    June

  • NORTH / SOUTH KOREA TALKS Voice of America 23 June 1998 -- LANDMARK PEACE TALKS BETWEEN GENERALS OF THE U-S-LED UNITED NATIONS COMMAND AND NORTH KOREA RESUMED TUESDAY, SEVEN YEARS AFTER THEY WERE BROKEN OFF BY THE COMMUNIST NORTH.
  • DoD News Briefing Thursday, June 18, 1998 -- Q: First, can you just comment on the Pentagon's view of North Korea's statements earlier this week, acknowledging that they are proliferating missile technology and plan to continue to do so?
  • Nobody can slander DPRK's missile policy = KCNA commentary = Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) "The discontinuation of our missile development is a matter which can be discussed after a peace agreement is signed between the DPRK and the united states and the U.S. military threat completely removed.... If the United States really wants to prevent our missile export, it should lift the economic embargo as early as possible and make a compensation for the losses to be caused by discontinued missile export."
  • DoD News Briefing Tuesday, June 16, 1998 -- North Korea's official news agency has admitted their missile exports to other countries and also this report says they demanded the U.S. to lift sanctions in terms of the missile exports.
  • KOREA/ MISSILES Voice of America 16 June 1998 -- NORTH KOREA SAYS IT WILL NOT BACK OFF ON MISSILE TESTING UNTIL THE UNITED STATES DROPS ECONOMIC SANCTIONS.
  • NORTH KOREA/ ECONOMY Voice of America 15 June 1998 -- NEW FIGURES SUGGEST NORTH KOREA'S ECONOMY IS IN SERIOUS DECLINE.
  • NORTH KOREA / FOOD Voice of America 14 June 1998 -- EXPERTS FROM THE UNITED NATIONS WORLD FOOD PROGRAM AND THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION SAY NORTH KOREA IS SUFFERING FROM A FOOD SHORTAGE THAT IS MORE SERIOUS THAN HAD INITIALLY BEEN PREDICTED.
  • DoD News Briefing Thursday, June 11, 1998 -- Q: What is your reaction to reports that North Korea's No Dong missile is operational?
  • SOUTH KOREA / SANCTIONS Voice of America 11 June 1998 -- NEWS REPORTS IN SEOUL, SAY SOUTH KOREAN AND AMERICAN OFFICIALS PLAN TO MEET NEXT MONTH TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF RELAXING SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY PRESIDENT CLINTON AND PRESIDENT KIM OF SOUTH KOREA June 9, 1998 -- CLINTON: President Kim did not ask me to lift sanctions. What he asked me to do was to work with him to support a policy of reciprocity which would enable us to move forward with the reconciliation of the North and the South. And I said that I would be prepared to do that.
  • NORTH KOREA / U-S SANCTIONS -- 09 June 1998 -- Voice of America STEPHEN LINTON, CHAIRMAN OF THE EUGENE BELL FOUNDATION WHICH IS ENGAGED IN HUMANITARIAN WORK IN NORTH KOREA, THINKS ENDING THE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS IS A GOOD IDEA
  • CLINTON / SOUTH KOREA -- 09 June 1998 -- Voice of America PRESIDENT CLINTON SAID SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT KIM DAE-JUNG DID NOT ASK FOR AN IMMEDIATE END TO U-S ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA, BUT HE DID SEEK -- AND OBTAIN -- A U-S ENDORSEMENT OF HIS EFFORTS AT RECONCILIATION WITH PYONGYANG.
  • NORTH KOREA / U-N Voice of America 09 June 1998 -- THE UNITED STATES-LED UNITED NATIONS COMMAND AND NORTH KOREA HAVE AGREED TO REVIVE LONG-STALLED MILITARY TALKS. THE DEAL IS VIEWED AS A FURTHER SIGN OF REDUCED TENSIONS ON THE PENINSULA.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing -- 08 June 1998 -- KOREA (NORTH AND SOUTH) South Korea's President Kim Visit & Itinerary / Issues for Discussion, Including North Korea / US Sanctions on North / Secretary's Earlier Visit Fuel Oil Delivery to North / Agreed Framework / Freeze on Nuclear Program / Adherence to the Framework By All Parties
  • U-S / KOREA Voice of America 03 June 1998 -- SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT KIM DAE JUNG HAS CALLED ON THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER COUNTRIES TO END THEIR ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA.
  • U-S POLICY TOWARD THE TWO KOREAS Voice of America 02 June 1998 -- SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT KIM DAE JUNG HAS URGED LIFTING THE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA AS PART OF HIS POLICY OF ENGAGEMENT WITH THE LONG ISOLATED COMMUNIST REGIME. THE UNITED STATES HAS ADOPTED A WAIT-AND-SEE ATTITUDE TOWARD THE STILL BELLIGERANT NORTH.

    May

  • [EXCERPTS] U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing - 13 May 1998 - NORTH KOREA Nuclear Reactor Remains Sealed / Maintenance Continues Under IAEA Observation /US & KEDO Fulfilling Obligations Under Agreed Framework / Funding Discussions Continue Contact with US re Delay / Three-Way Policing of DMZ
  • [EXCERPTS] STATE DEPARTMENT NOON BRIEFING - 08 May 1998 - Foley said North Korea's claims that the United States is not keeping its end of the deal under which the Pyongyang government agreed to eliminate its capacity to produce weapons-grade nuclear materials "are not founded on the reality of what the United States is doing."
  • NORTH KOREA / U-S NUCLEAR 08 May 1998 - Voice of America -- NORTH KOREA IS THREATENING TO RESUME ITS SUSPECT NUCLEAR PROGRAM. NORTH KOREA ACCUSED THE UNITED STATES ON FRIDAY OF RENEGING ON A 1994 AGREEMENT TO SUPPLY IT WITH NUCLEAR ENERGY.

    April

  • NORTH KOREA/ OLIVE BRANCH Voice of America 29 April 1998 - IN A RARE PEACE OVERTURE, NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG-IL IS CALLING FOR IMPROVED TIES WITH SOUTH KOREA.
  • KOREA TALKS 4/17/98 Voice of America AFTER NEARLY A WEEK OF HIGH-LEVEL TALKS IN BEIJING, NEGOTIATORS FROM NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA ARE STILL NO CLOSER TO AN AGREEMENT THAN WHEN THEY STARTED. THE TWO ISSUES ARE AID TO THE FAMINE-STRICKEN NORTH AND THE REUNION OF FAMILIES THAT WERE SEPARATED BY THE KOREAN WAR.
  • KOREAN TALKS ISSUES Voice of America 4/15/98 REPRESENTATIVES FROM BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA HAVE BEEN MEETING TO DISCUSS PYONGYANG'S REQUEST FOR FERTILIZER AND SEOUL'S INTEREST IN REUNITING SEPARATED FAMILIES. THE TALKS HAVE STALLED AS EACH SIDE SAYS ITS POSITION IS MORE HUMANITARIAN THAN THE OTHER SIDE.
  • NORTH KOREA / DEATHS Voice of America 4/14/98: A SOUTH KOREAN RELIGIOUS GROUP SAYS AT LEAST THREE MILLION PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN NORTH KOREA SINCE 1995 BECAUSE OF FAMINE.
  • KOREAN TALKS Voice of America 4/14/98: HIGH LEVEL BEIJING TALKS BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA BROKE UP FOR THE DAY WITH CHANCES FOR AN AGREEMENT FADING.
  • KOREA TALKS Voice of America 4/13/98: NORTH AND SOUTH KOREAN REPRESENTATIVES HAVE FINISHED A THIRD DAY OF TALKS IN A BEIJING HOTEL.
  • NORTH-SOUTH KOREA TALKS Voice of America 4/9/98 SATURDAY'S MEETING BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA MARKS THE TWO COUNTRIES' FIRST DIRECT GOVERNMENT-TO-GOVERNMENT TALKS IN FOUR YEARS. AMERICAN OBSERVERS ARE SKEPTICAL THAT MAJOR RESULTS WILL EMERGE.
  • NORTH / SOUTH KOREAN TALKS Voice of America 4/8/98 SOUTH KOREA AGREED WEDNESDAY TO MEET NORTH KOREA IN BEIJING ON SATURDAY FOR OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT-TO-GOVERNMENT TALKS.
  • DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA CALLS FOR SECURITY ASSURANCES FROM UNITED STATES ON THREAT OR USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS 8 April 1998 Press Release DC/2602 [EXCERPTS]
  • KOREA / TALKS Voice of America 4/7/98 THE CHOICE OF WHERE TO MEET REMAINS THE ONLY OBSTACLE TO THE FIRST GOVERNMENT-TO-GOVERNMENT TALKS IN FOUR YEARS BETWEEN THE RIVAL STATES OF NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA.
  • NORTH KOREA MISSILES Voice of America 4/2/98 RESEARCHER DAVID WRIGHT SAYS THE THREAT FROM NORTH KOREA'S MISSILE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM HAS BEEN OVERSTATED.

    March

  • DPRK Excerpts from the Introductory Statement by IAEA Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei to the IAEA Board of Governors 16 March 1998 - The DPRK continues to link progress in the consultations with the Agency to progress in the implementation of the Agreed Framework, which according to DPRK, is well behind the agreed schedule.
  • THE NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR DEAL VOA 3/25/98 AS TENSIONS BUILT OVER NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM IN 1994, A DEAL WAS STRUCK. WHY SHOULD THE WORST VIOLATOR OF THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TREATY GET THE BEST DEAL? THAT WAS THE QUESTION ASKED BY VICTOR GALINSKY OF THE NONPROLIFERATION POLICY EDUCATION CENTER.
  • TRANSCRIPT: BACKGROUND BRIEFING ON KOREA FOUR-PARTY TALKS 21 March 1998 -- The United States was "disappointed" by the results of the recent round of talks between the United States, South Korea, North Korea, and China on the Korean peninsula situation, according to a senior administration official speaking on background.
  • KOREAN TALKS 3/20/98 Voice of America NEGOTIATION NOW UNDERWAY IN GENEVA AIMED AT ACHIEVING A PERMANENT PEACE IN THE KOREAN PENINSULA REPORTEDLY HAVE RUN INTO TROUBLE.
  • KOREA TALKS Voice of America 3-18-98 - NORTH KOREAN SAYS IT IS WILLING TO HOLD DIRECT TALKS WITH SOUTH KOREA ON A NUMBER OF BILATERAL ISSUES.
  • KOREAN TALKS Voice of America 3/14/98 NEGOTIATORS FROM THE UNITED STATES, CHINA AND NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA MET SECRETLY IN GENEVA SATURDAY TO PREPARE FOR THE SECOND ROUND OF KOREAN PEACE TALKS MONDAY.
  • N.KOREA MOBILIZATION Voice of America 3/13/98 NORTH KOREA SET ALARM BELLS RINGING AROUND THE WORLD ON FRIDAY WHEN IT DECLARED IT WAS ON A WAR FOOTING. BUT THE INITIAL CONCERN AT THE DECLARATION IS FADING.
  • TRANSCRIPT: SENIOR U.S. OFFICIAL ON KOREA FOUR-PARTY TALKS GOALS 12 March 1998
  • NORTH KOREA/ GRAIN SHORTAGE VOA 3/2/98 IN AN UNUSUALLY FRANK ASSESSMENT NORTH KOREA SAYS ITS GRAIN STOCKS ARE ALMOST DEPLETED.

    February

    KOREA DEFECTORS 98-02-26 VOA A NORTH KOREAN DEFECTOR SAYS SHE HAS PERSONALLY WITNESSED BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS EXPERIMENTS BEING CONDUCTED ON NORTH KOREAN PRISONERS.
  • Korea Overture VOA 19 February 1998
  • TEXT: PRESIDENT CERTIFIES N. KOREAN COOPERATION ON SEVERAL ISSUES USIA 10 February 1998

    January



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