Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
March 1999 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- A Comprehensive Approach to North Korea by Richard L. Armitage, Paul D. Wolfowitz, et al, Strategic Forum Number 159, March 1999 -- Should diplomacy fail, the United States would have to consider two alternative courses, neither of which is attractive. One is to live with and deter a nuclear North Korea armed with delivery systems, with all its implications for the region. The other is preemption, with the attendant uncertainties.
- Department of State Daily Press Briefing WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 1999 -- We continue to have serious concerns about North Korea's development, testing and export of missiles and missile technology. We are seeking tight constraints on these questions. We have made clear that we oppose further North Korean launches of long range missiles. This includes launches intended to orbit satellites.
- KOREA - U-S / MISSILES Voice of America 31 March 1999 -- UNITED STATES OFFICIALS RETURNED TO SEOUL WEDNESDAY FROM TWO DAYS OF MISSILE TALKS IN PYONGYANG WITH NORTH KOREAN OFFICIALS.
- Department of State Daily Press Briefing, MARCH 30, 1999 -- The US and North Korea met March 29-30, for another round of missile talks. The talks occurred in Pyongyang in North Korea, and the US delegation was led by our Deputy Assistant Secretary Robert Einhorn. The talks were business like, substantive and detailed. In particular, we stressed that further launches of long missiles or further exports of such missiles or their technology would have serious negative implications for US-North Korean relations.
- Department of State Daily Press Briefing, MARCH 29, 1999 -- We previously held missile talks with the North Koreans in April '96, June '97 and October '98. As you know, North Korea's missile proliferation activities are of great concern to us, and will be addressed in full at the talks.
- U-S/ N. KOREA MISSILE TALKS Voice of America 29 March 1999 -- THE UNITED STATES AND NORTH KOREA ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE STARTED TWO DAYS OF TALKS IN PYONGYANG, ABOUT NORTH KOREA'S MISSILE PROGRAM.
- Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service March 22 - March 28, 1999
- ROK Official Comments on DPRK Missile Plants, Bases Seoul Yonhap 25 March 1999 -- North Korea has at least four missile factories and is building additional bases to add to the 10 it already has.
- North Korea operates at least 4 missile factories, 10 launch sites, official says By Lee Sung-yul Korea Herald 26 March 99 -- The 10 missiles sites in the North, have been confirmed to be located in Mt. Kanggamchan, Mayangdo, Paekun-ri, Rodong-Taepodong, Chonggang-up, Okpyong, Jiha-ri and three Pyongyang metropolitan areas. Two new bases are also under construction in the two South Hamkyong Province areas of Tuksong-gun and Yongoh-dong.
- NORTH KOREA / MISSILES Voice of America 25 March 1999 -- SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS SAID THURSDAY NORTH KOREA HAS AT LEAST FOUR MISSILE FACTORIES AND 10 LAUNCH BASES. THE NUMBER OF MISSILE-PRODUCING FACTORIES COULD BE AS HIGH AS EIGHT, WHILE MISSILE BASES COULD TOTAL AS MANY AS 12.
- AMB. BOSWORTH AT KOREAN REGIONAL POLICY INSTITUTE USIA 25 March 1999 -- North Korea remains a military threat to the security of the Korean peninsula and, as long as the threat exists, the United States will be committed to a strong deterrent, according to U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Stephen Bosworth.
- JAPAN / SHIPS Voice of America 24 March 1999 -- JAPANESE GOVERNMENT SOURCES SAY THEY SUSPECT THAT NORTH KOREA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TWO SUSPICIOUS SHIPS WHICH WERE SPOTTED IN JAPANESE WATERS TUESDAY.
- THAILAND / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 23 March 1999 -- THAILAND HAS ORDERED THE EXPULSION OF SIX NORTH KOREAN DIPLOMATS, FOLLOWING THE APPARENT BUNGLED KIDNAPPING OF A FELLOW ENVOY.
- U.S.-NORTH KOREA: 'SUSPICIONS STILL REMAIN' OVER KUMCHANG-RI INSPECTION DEAL USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report 22 March 1999 -- Analysts in East and South Asia, Europe and Canada expressed varied reactions to the announcement last week that Pyongyang would allow U.S. officials to inspect a suspected underground nuclear facility at Kumchang-ri, North Korea. Although many welcomed the agreement, which calls for the first inspection to take place this May, most were cautious in their assessments of North Korea's intentions and whether the deal was the result of diplomacy, "brinkmanship" or "bribery."
- U-S/NORTH KOREA Voice of America 22 March 1999 -- THE UNITED STATES HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL PROVIDE
ADDITIONAL FOOD AID TO HELP NORTH KOREA DEAL WITH WHAT IS DESCRIBED AS WIDESPREAD STARVATION.
- Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service March 15 - March 21, 1999
- CHINA / NORTH KOREA-U-S Voice of America 18 March 1999 -- CHINA IS WELCOMING AN AGREEMENT THAT WOULD LET U-S INSPECTORS VISIT A SUSPECT UNDERGROUND NORTH KOREAN WEAPONS SITE, NORTHWEST OF PYONGYANG.
- KOREA TALKS / REACT Voice of America 17 March 1999 -- UNDER THE AGREEMENT, U-S OFFICIALS WILL BE GIVEN ACCESS TO THE SITE STARTING IN MAY. U-S OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE CONFIDENT THE AGREEMENT PROVIDES THEM WITH ENOUGH ACCESS AND FREEDOM OF
MOVEMENT AT THE SITE TO DETERMINE WHETHER IT IS OR COULD BE USED FOR NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES.
- TRANSCRIPT: KARTMAN/KIM JOINT STATEMENT ON U.S.-DPRK TALKS USIA 17 March 1999 -- U.S. efforts to improve political and economic relations with North Korea will likely begin with a joint bilateral program in the agricultural area, given that the food situation in the DPRK remains quite dire, according to U.S. Special Envoy Charles Kartman.
- TEXT: U.S.-DPRK JOINT PRESS STATEMENT USIA 16 March 1999 -- At their most recent meeting in New York, delegations from the United States and North Korea (DPRK) agreed that North Korea would invite the United States to visit Kumchang-ri in May 1999 to remove U.S. concerns about that underground site.
- TEXT: ALBRIGHT ON AGREEMENT WITH N. KOREA ON SITE ACCESS USIA 16 March 1999 -- The United States and North Korea have reached an agreement on access to the suspect underground site at Kumchang-ni, according to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
- TEXT: BACKGROUND BRIEFING ON U.S.-NORTH KOREA TALKS USIA 16 March 1999 -- The agreement to allow U.S. inspection of a suspicious underground site in North Korea was directed more at solving an acute problem than starting the process of lifting U.S. sanctions against North Korea, according to a senior U.S. official.
- KOREA TALKS / REACT Voice of America 16 March 1999 -- NORTH KOREA SAYS IT IS HAPPY WITH AN AGREEMENT IT REACHED WITH THE UNITED STATES TUESDAY, ALLOWING U-S INSPECTIONS OF AN ALLEGED NUCLEAR SITE.
- U-S / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 16 March 1999 -- THE UNITED STATES SAYS NORTH KOREA HAS AGREED TO ALLOW INSPECTION OF A CONTROVERSIAL UNDERGROUND SITE SUSPECTED OF BEING A NUCLEAR FACILITY.
- Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service March 8 - March 14, 1999
- PRESS RELEASE FROM USIS TOKYO ON PERRY'S VISIT USIA 11 March 1999 -- Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry met March 10 with Japan's Prime Minister Obuchi and other Japanese officials regarding policy options toward North Korea.
- W-F-P / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 10 March 1999 -- THE UNITED NATIONS WORLD FOOD PROGRAM, W-F-P, SAYS NORTH KOREA CONTINUES TO SUFFER FROM FAMINE -- WITH A CRUCIAL PERIOD COMING UP IN A FEW WEEKS.
- THAILAND / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 10 March 1999 -- A NORTH KOREAN DIPLOMAT IS IN THAI GOVERNMENT HANDS AFTER WHAT WAS AN APPARENT ATTEMPT BY HIS OWN COUNTRYMEN TO KIDNAP HIM.
- PERRY / JAPAN Voice of America 10 March 1999 -- THE U-S COORDINATOR ON NORTH KOREA, WILLIAM PERRY, WON SUPPORT FROM JAPANESE LEADERS WEDNESDAY FOR A SET OF POLICY PROPOSALS HE INTENDS TO PRESENT TO PRESIDENT CLINTON LATER THIS MONTH.
- NORTH KOREA / U-S Voice of America 08 March 1999 -- WILLIAM PERRY'S VISIT COMES IN ADVANCE OF THE REPORT HE WILL MAKE TO THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION ON FUTURE U-S POLICY ON NORTH KOREA. SOUTH KOREA FEARS THAT MR. PERRY MAY CHOOSE TO RECOMMEND A TOUGHER LINE THAN THE GOVERNMENT OF PRESIDENT KIM DAE-JUNG WOULD LIKE.
- Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service March 2 - March 7, 1999
- Presidential Determination No. 99-16March 5, 1999 -- North Korea is complying with all provisions of the Agreed Framework and with the Confidential Minute between North Korea and the United States.
- U-S / KOREAS Voice of America 04 March 1999 -- WILLIAM PERRY WILL USE HIS WEEK-LONG VISIT TO ASIAN CAPITALS TO GAUGE THE OPINIONS OF KEY POLICY-MAKERS IN TOKYO, SEOUL AND BEIJING, TOWARD NORTH KOREA'S SUSPECTED MISSILE AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS.
- U-S - NORTH KOREA / NEGOTIATIONS Voice of America 02 March 1999 -- U-S INTELLIGENCE EXPERTS SAY THE SITUATION CONCERNING NORTH KOREA IS VERY DANGEROUS. THEY SAY THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT NORTH KOREA IS PURSUING A NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM.
- Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service February 22 - March 1, 1999
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