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January 1999 - North Korea Special Weapons News

  • NORTH KOREA FAMINE Voice of America 30 January 1999 -- THE FOOD SITUATION REMAINS SERIOUS AND MASSIVE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE HAS KEPT THINGS FROM GETTING WORSE.
  • DoD News Briefing Tuesday, January 26, 1999 -- North Korea does have a significant missile capability, and our primary response to a missile capability is called deterrence. It's served us well for nearly 50 years, and we continue to maintain a very, very significant deterrence. Anybody who would use long-range missiles or weapons of mass destruction against us or our forces or our allies would have to expect a very significant response from us. I don't anticipate North Korea is going to fire missiles any place.
  • ASIAN SECURITY ISSUES: COUNTERING PYONGYANG'S 'BRINKMANSHIP;' DEBATING U.S.-JAPAN TIES; TAIWAN; SPRATLYS USIS Foreign Media Reaction Report -- January 26, 1999 -- -Editorials in Japan and South Korea gave top billing to the "threat" posed by North Korea's "unacceptable brinkmanship." Tokyo papers identified North Korea as the "biggest potential threat" to their country's security, and urged a "resolute stance" on the part of the U.S., Japan and South Korea in dealing with Pyongyang. Analysts in Seoul lamented the "failure" of the Four-Party Talks to achieve any significant progress, and charged that North Korea was only interested in pursuing bilateral talks with the U.S., and "alternated between threats and signs of flexibility in order to reap benefits."
  • State Department Briefing -- 25 January 1999 -- After both delegations - US and North Koreans - took part in those Four Party Talks, which ended on January 22, discussions on Kumchang-ni again took place, first at the DPRK mission on Saturday, and then at the US mission yesterday. There was also a brief meeting this morning in Geneva. In keeping with our general practice, when we're in the middle of negotiations, which we still are on this issue, I can't comment more specifically.
  • NORTH KOREA TALKS Voice of America 23 January 1999 -- FOUR PARTY TALKS AIMED AT CREATING A LASTING PEACE ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA HAVE WRAPPED UP WITH LITTLE SIGN THAT PROGRESS TOWARD THAT GOAL HAS BEEN ACHIEVED.
  • TEXT: KOREA FOUR PARTY TALKS JOINT PRESS STATEMENT USIA 22 January 1999 -- The two subcommittees established at the third plenary of the Four Party Talks on Korea to discuss, respectively, the establishment of a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula and tension reduction there held meetings during the fourth plenary January 20-21.
  • DoD News Briefing Thursday, January 21, 1999 -- Q: The South Korean President today said that North Korea has adopted a strategy of rapid preemptive military strikes using weapons of mass destruction against South Korea. A: We believe that we have a very substantial, well trained, and well equipped counterforce of American and Republic of Korea soldiers and weapons, and we would prevail in any military engagement on the Korean Peninsula.
    Q: Are there any indications at the moment that North Korea is preparing for the test of another Taipo Dong missile? A: Not that I'm aware of.
  • KOREA DEFECTORS Voice of America 20 January 1999 -- NORTH KOREA HAS ACCUSED SOUTH KOREA OF KIDNAPPING ONE OF ITS DIPLOMATS IN GERMANY. BUT SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS CALL THE ACCUSATION GROUNDLESS.
  • JAPAN / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 19 January 1999 -- NORTH KOREA HAS CRITICIZED (TUESDAY) U-S DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM COHEN'S VISIT TO SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN LAST WEEK, DESCRIBING IT AS "RECKLESS."
  • State Department Briefing -- 19 January 1999 -- QUESTION: US and North Korea had talks in Geneva. And there is one report that North Korea requested one million ton of food aid for the price of the access for the sites?
  • KOREA TALKS Voice of America 19 January 1999 -- A NEW ROUND OF FOUR-PARTY TALKS AIMED AT ACHIEVING A PERMANENT PEACE ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA HAS BEGUN AMIDST FEARS A 1994 NUCLEAR-ARMS-CONTROL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND NORTH KOREA MAY BE UNRAVELING.
  • NORTH KOREA TALKS Voice of America 17 January 1999 -- UNITED STATES AND NORTH KOREAN NEGOTIATORS HAVE MET AGAIN IN GENEVA, TRYING TO SETTLE A DISPUTE OVER AN UNDERGROUND SITE IN NORTH KOREA THAT WASHINGTON SUSPECTS IS BEING USED TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
  • NORTH KOREA TALKS Voice of America 16 January 1999 -- THE UNITED STATES AND NORTH KOREA HAVE BEGUN TWO DAYS OF CRUCIAL TALKS TO DISCUSS AMERICAN CONCERNS REGARDING A NORTH KOREAN UNDERGROUND SITE IT SUSPECTS MAY BE A NUCLEAR FACILITY.
  • U-S / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 16 January 1999 -- THE UNITED STATES AND NORTH KOREA ARE SET FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF TALKS ON AMERICAN ACCESS TO A SUSPECTED NORTH KOREAN UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR SITE.
  • SOUTH KOREA / COHEN Voice of America 15 January 1999 -- : U-S DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM COHEN FRIDAY CALLED ON NORTH KOREA TO ABANDON WHAT HE TERMED "PROVOCATIVE" ACTIONS IN FAVOR OF MORE DIALOGUE WITH SOUTH KOREA AND THE UNITED STATES.
  • State Department Briefing -- 15 January 1999 -- QUESTION: Jamie, how concerned is the US Government that if the North Koreans do not give us access to the underground site and do not give us the assurance that they won't again test fire a ballistic missile, that that will impact the talks that will take place next week to bring about a permanent peace to the Korean Peninsula.
  • Press conference by ROK Minister Chun and Secretary Cohen, Seoul, South Korea January 15, 1999 --Q: The U.S. has gained conclusive evidence with regards to the Kunchangri underground facility and the high explosives facility at Yongduk Dong. These were based on soil gatherings from these areas, as well as photograph - satellite photographs. Is this true?
  • TRANSCRIPT: COHEN PRESS CONFERENCE WITH ROK MINISTER CHUN USIA 15 January 1999 -- "North Korea's continuing infiltration attempts, recent Taepo Dong missile launch, and the resistance to allow inspections of an underground facility that could be an attempt to evade the Agreed Framework threaten to frustrate that promise."
  • Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen Press Conference Tokyo, Japan January 14, 1999 -- With respect to the underground facility, the United States has received a variety of sources of information that causes us some concern about the purpose of this underground facility. We are suspicious of the nature of the facility. We need to satisfy those suspicions. We need to have access to the underground facility so that we can be assured and satisfied that the North Koreans are, in fact, complying with the agreement that was negotiated back in 1994.
  • Cohen Raps North Korea, Lauds Asia Security Ties Douglas J. Gillert American Forces Press Service 13 January 1999 -- Defense Secretary William S. Cohen reacted sharply to North Korea's demand for payment in order to open a suspected nuclear site. "The North Koreans have said they want $300 million for just the right to look," Cohen said during a Jan. 12 speech to hundreds of service men and women at nearby Yokota Air Base. "That is a pretty expensive peek."
  • JAPAN / COHEN Voice of America 12 January 1999 -- THE U-S DEFENSE SECRETARY HAS AGAIN REJECTED A SUGGESTION FROM NORTH KOREA THAT THERE BE A PRICE TAG ATTACHED TO ANY INSPECTIONS OF SUSPECTED NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR SITES.
  • CHINA / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 12 January 1999 -- CHINA SAYS A KEY NUCLEAR AGREEMENT NORTH KOREA HAS THREATENED TO SCRAP IS WORKING WELL AND SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE IMPLEMENTED. BEIJING HAS RENEWED ITS PLEDGE TO PLAY A CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE IN REDUCING TENSIONS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA.
  • TEXT: STATE ON U.S.-DPRK TALKS ON UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION USIA 06 January 1999 -- The United States and North Korea are set to meet in Geneva January 16-17 to discuss American concerns about North Korean underground construction sites, according to a January 6 statement by the Department of State.
  • TEXT: UPCOMING MEETING OF FOUR PARTY TALKS ON KOREA USIA 06 January 1999 -- Representatives from the United States, China, South Korea, and North Korea met January 5 to discuss arrangements for the fourth plenary meeting of Four Party talks set for January 19, according to a January 6 statement from the Department of State.
  • DPRK's New Year Joint Editorial, The People's Korea, 01 January 1999 - An editorial trumpeting North Korea's achievements in 1998 and promising more in the future.
  • The Chronology of Major Provocations by North Korea ROK NIS - January 1999
  • North Korea's Violation of the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) ROK NIS- January 1999
  • North Korea's Violation of Northern Limit Line (NLL) ROK NIS - January 1999



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