Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
June 1999 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- NORTH KOREA MISSILE Voice of America 30 June 1999 -- DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE KURT CAMPBELL SAYS U-S INTELLIGENCE HAS DETECTED SIGNS OF ACTIVITY NEAR NORTH KOREA'S MISSILE LAUNCH SITE. A LAUNCH COULD COME IN A FEW MONTHS, BUT IS PROBABLY NOT IMMINENT. THE UNITED STATES REPORTEDLY MOVED A SPECIALIZED SHIP WITH MISSILE TRACKING RADARS CLOSER TO KOREA IN THE PAST FEW DAYS.
- KOREA / TOURIST Voice of America 29 June 1999 -- A SOUTH KOREAN TOURIST WHO HAD BEEN HELD BY NORTH KOREA SAYS SHE WAS FORCED TO SIGN A CONFESSION TO OBTAIN HER RELEASE.
- FAO/WFP CROP AND FOOD SUPPLY ASSESSMENT MISSION TO THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA 29 June 1999 -- Irrespective of the incredibly high level of emphasis and care that is given to food production nationally, food output this year, even under an optimistic weather scenario, will remain well below needs.
- Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service June 21 - June 27, 1999
- KOREA TALKS Voice of America 26 June 1999 -- NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA HAVE RESUMED TALKS IN BEIJING THE SOUTH HOPES WILL LEAD TO AN AGREEMENT ON REUNITING FAMILIES SEPARATED BY THE KOREAN WAR.
- NORTH KOREA / TOURIST RELEASE Voice of America 25 June 1999 -- NORTH KOREA HAS RELEASED A SOUTH KOREAN TOURIST (FRIDAY) AFTER HOLDING HER FOR SIX DAYS ON SUSPICIONS THAT SHE WAS A SPY.
- U-S / KOREA Voice of America 25 June 1999 -- U-S OFFICIALS ARE EXPRESSING CONCERN THAT THEY HAVE BEENUNABLE TO GET ACCESS TO AN AMERICAN CITIZEN ARRESTED IN NORTH KOREA LAST WEEK.
- KOREA TALKS Voice of America 25 June 1999 -- SOUTH KOREAN DIPLOMATS IN BEIJING SAY TALKS BETWEEN THEIR COUNTRY AND NORTH KOREA ARE BACK ON TRACK AFTER BEING SUSPENDED EARLIER IN THE WEEK -- WHEN NORTH KOREA DEMANDED AN APOLOGY FOR THE SINKING OF ONE OF ITS GUNBOATS.
- Report on the U.S. Visit to the Site at Kumchang-ni, Democratic People's Republic of Korea U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE - June 25, 1999 -- Excavation of the complex, as currently configured, was almost complete but a great deal of additional finishing work remained to be done with almost all of the tunnels still bare rock. Given the current size and configuration of the underground area, the site is unsuitable for the installation of a plutonium production reactor, especially a graphite-moderated reactor of the type North Korea has built at Yongbyon. The site is also not well designed for a reprocessing plant.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 25 June 1999 -- NORTH/SOUTH KOREA The site at Kumchang-ni does not contain a plutonium production reactor or a reprocessing plant either completed or under construction. Given the current size and configuration of the underground area, the site is unsuitable for the installation of a plutonium production reactor - especially a graphite moderated reactor of the type North Korea has built at Yongbyon. The site is also not well designed for a reprocessing plant. Nevertheless, since the site is a large underground area, it could support such a facility in the future with substantial modifications.
- CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT CONCLUDES SECOND PART OF 1999 SESSION 25 June 1999 Press Release DCF/373 (UN Information Service) -- The use of nuclear weapons and the air campaign carried out against the former Yugoslavia showed that no person was safe from such interference. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea was ready to see that anyone touching its territory would pay a very high price, Mr. Ri said.
- NORTH / SOUTH KOREA TALKSVOICE OF AMERICA 24 June 1999 --SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS SAYS NORTH KOREA HAS PROPOSED RESUMING STALLED TALKS IN BEIJING THIS SATURDAY. THE HIGHEST LEVEL TALKS BETWEEN THE TWO KOREAS IN MORE THAN A YEAR BROKE DOWN TUESDAY AFTER A BRIEF FIRST SESSION.
- KOREA TALKSUSIA 24 June 1999 --U-S AND NORTH KOREAN OFFICIALS MET FOR A SECOND DAY OF TALKS IN BEIJING AS THE NORTH PROPOSED THAT A SEPARATE SET OF STALLED MEETINGS WITH SOUTH KOREA BE RESUMED ON SATURDAY. SOUTH KOREAN DIPLOMATS SAY THEY ARE CONSULTING WITH SEOUL TO DETERMINE WHETHER TO ACCEPT THE NORTH KOREAN PROPOSAL.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 23 June 1999 -- The next visit to the Kumchang-ni site, per the agreement negotiated in March, will be in May 2000. We expect the statement of our view to basically follow the following lines. While suspicions remain at present, there is still nothing that leads to the conclusion that there is a violation of the agreed framework.
- KOREAN TALKSVOICE OF AMERICA 23 June 1999 -- NORTH KOREA HAS OPENED TALKS WITH THE UNITED STATES IN BEIJING BUT HAS PUT A SEPARATE SET OF TALKS WITH RIVAL SOUTH KOREA ON HOLD. THE LATEST DIPLOMATIC MOVES TO DEFUSE TENSIONS ON THE COLD WAR'S LAST FRONTIER.
- TEXT: TRILATERAL CONSULTATIONS ON NORTH KOREA USIA 23 June 1999 --U.S., Republic of Korea (ROK), and Japan officials will meet in Washington beginning June 25 for trilateral consultations regarding North Korea.
- KOREA TALKS 22 June 1999 -- NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA HAVE HELD THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL TALKS IN MORE THAN A YEAR AT A BEIJING HOTEL. THE MEETING OPENED A DAY LATER THAN SCHEDULED BECAUSE NORTH KOREA REFUSED TO ATTEND UNTIL IT RECEIVED A PROMISED SHIPMENT OF SOUTH KOREAN FERTILIZER.
- NORTH KOREA / TOURISTUSIA 22 June 1999 -- NORTH KOREA HAS REJECTED (TUESDAY) DEMANDS BY SOUTH KOREA TO RELEASE A SOUTH KOREAN WOMAN DETAINED THIS WEEK. THE NORTH SAYS THE WOMAN IS A SPY AND HAS BEEN SENT BY SEOUL TO TRY TO COAX NORTH KOREANS TO DEFECT.
- N. KOREA / G-8VOICE OF AMERICA 21 June 1999 -- NORTH KOREA IS LASHING OUT AT THE UNITED STATES, JAPAN AND OTHER GROUP OF EIGHT NATIONS FOR WHAT IT SAYS IS A POLICY OF HOSTILITY AGAINST IT. LEADERS OF THE WORLD'S MOST INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS AND RUSSIA EXPRESSED DEEP CONCERN ABOUT NORTH KOREA'S MISSILE PROGRAM.
- KOREAS / TALKSVOICE OF AMERICA 21 June 1999 -- A TOP SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIAL SAYS NORTH KOREA HAS REFUSED TO ATTEND THE FIRST OFFICIAL NORTH-SOUTH TALKS IN 14 MONTHS UNTIL A PROMISED SHIPMENT OF SOUTH KOREAN FERTILIZER ARRIVES IN A NORTH KOREAN PORT. IT WAS THE SECOND TIME MONDAY THAT NORTH KOREA DELAYED THE OPENING OF THE TALKS.
- KOREA / TALKSVOICE OF AMERICA 20 June 1999 -- NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA ARE SCHEDULED TO OPEN FOUR DAYS OF TALKS MONDAY IN BEIJING, IN THE FIRST OFFICIAL CONTACT BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES IN 14 MONTHS. THE MEETING -- WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO DEAL WITH HUMANITARIAN ISSUES -- COULD FACE DIFFICULTIES IF THE NORTH BRINGS UP LAST WEEK'S SINKING OF ONE OF ITS GUN BOATS BY THE SOUTH.
- Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service June 14 - June 20, 1999
- KOREAN PENINSULA: VIEWS ON YELLOW SEA 'GUN BATTLE,' SUNSHINE POLICY, PERRY VISIT USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report 18 June 1999 -- The tense, ten-day standoff in the Yellow Sea between North and South Korea--which resulted in the sinking of a North Korean torpedo boat and a number of North Korean casualties three days ago--commanded the attention of media commentators in Seoul and a handful of others in Asia and in Europe who sought to come to grips with Pyongyang's "mysterious provocations." The incursions by North Korean fishing boats into the crab-rich waters of a disputed fishing zone between the North and the South, coming just two weeks after former Defense Secretary Perry's visit to Pyongyang, prompted editors in South Korea to debate the value of their government's Sunshine Policy toward North Korea, and moved others to examine whether the North's actions were a "call for help" or a ploy designed to limit efforts--by the U.S. and others--to "open" North Korea to the outside world.
- NORTH KOREA MISSILEVOICE OF AMERICA 18 June 1999 -- U-S INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE DETECTED SIGNS THAT NORTH KOREA IS GETTING READY TO TEST LAUNCH ANOTHER MISSILE, PERHAPS AN OCEAN-SPANNING VERSION OF ITS TAEPO DONG ROCKET. THE OFFICIALS SAY THE TEST COULD COME WITHIN A FEW MONTHS.
- DoD News Briefing Thursday, June 17, 1999 -- I don't think that it should be viewed as all that unusual that the USS VINCENNES and the USS MOBILE BAY were put out to sea to kind of monitor the situation.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 17 June 1999 -- The Northern Limit Line was and still is demarcated by the UN command as a practical way to separate forces. We believe it's been an effective means to prevent military tension between North and South Korean military forces for 46 years, since 1953. We continue to urge the DPRK to recognize this practicality by keeping its craft north of the line.
- WPK's Policy of Giving Prioirty to Army, The People's Korea, 16 June 1999 -- The mode of give-priority-to-the-army policy is a mode of leadership which solves all problems arising in the revolution and construction on the principle of giving top precedence to the military affairs and pushes ahead with the socialist cause as a whole, putting forward the army as the pillar of the revolution.
- DPRK Foreign Ministry Clairfies Statement on Satellite Launch June 16, 1999 - As for the satellite launch, this belongs to the legitimate right of an independent sovereign state. The satellite launch aimed at a scientific research for the peaceful development of the space allows no one to say this or that of it.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 16 June 1999 -- NORTH/SOUTH KOREA -- US in Close Consultation with South Korean Allies/US Monitoring/US Forces Remain in Normal State of Readiness Situation/No Crossings of Northern Limit Line by DPRK in Last 24 Hours/Contact of DPRK Through the New York Channel/Officer's Talks in Panmujom/Pentagon/Avoidance of Confrontation in Both Sides Interests/Perry Review
- DoD News Briefing June 16, 1999 -- There are two F/A-18 Hornet squadrons, 10 B-52 bombers, one Patriot and a battalion headquarters, eight F-16CJ Fighting Falcon aircraft, and some additional EA-6Bs on alert to deploy if necessary at various places around the United States. The CONSTELLATION? It's going to depart from San Diego, it's homeport, on the 18th of June. My understanding is this was a previously planned deployment.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 15 June 1999 -- Regrettably, an exchange of fire broke out Tuesday morning as the standoff between South Korean and North Korean naval vessels continued. The incident occurred when North Korean ships opened fire on South Korean vessels that were attempting to push them back across the so-called Northern Limit Line. The South Korean vessels returned fire; one North Korean vessel was sunk and others damaged. There have been reports of casualties on both sides.
- DoD News Briefing, June 15, 1999 -- There is a line that is called the Northern Limit Line that runs out into the ocean between South Korea and North Korea. The North Koreans have always resented this line. There have been many skirmishes in the past, maybe hundreds over the last 40 or so years, challenging this line. I'm not aware that there's any change in the U.S. alert status at this stage. We're generally on a pretty high state of alert there.
- DPRK statement on Satellite Launch June 14, 1999 - The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK today issued a statement denouncing the Japanese authorities for their recent persistent anti-DPRK diatribe over the DPRK's satellite launch for space research.
- N-S KOREA / SHIPSVOICE OF AMERICA 14 June 1999 -- FOUR NORTH KOREAN WARSHIPS RETURNED HOME LATE MONDAY MORNING AFTER INFILTRATING SOUTH KOREAN WATERS EARLIER IN THE DAY. ITS THE SEVENTH DAY OF A TENSE MILITARY STANDOFF IN THE YELLOW SEA.
- U.S. FORCES KOREA UPDATE MESSAGE Release No. 990613 -- While U.S. forces in Korea have not been placed on a higher state of alert, the command is monitoring the situation closely and will take appropriate steps as required. Additionally, the threat condition status or Threatcon for the command has not changed.
- KOREA STANDOFF Voice of America 13 June 1999 -- NORTH KOREA HAS AGREED TO MEET WITH UNITED NATIONS COMMAND OFFICERS IN AN EFFORT TO DEFUSE A TENSE STANDOFF AT ITS SEA BORDER WITH SOUTH KOREA. THE MEETING COULD COME AS EARLY AS TUESDAY.
- Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service June 7 - June 13, 1999
- NORTH KOREA / STANDOFF Voice of America 12 June 1999 -- NORTH KOREA HAS THREATENED TO ATTACK SOUTH KOREAN WARSHIPS IN DISPUTED WATERS, AS AN ARMED STANDOFF PASSES ITS FIFTH DAY. FOUR NORTH KOREAN PATROL BOATS RE-ENTERED SOUTH KOREAN WATERS SATURDAY, AFTER WITHDRAWING THE PREVIOUS EVENING.
- UN Command and North Korean Generals Discuss Naval IncidentsRelease No. 990611 -- General officers from the United Nations Command (UNC) and the North Korean People's Army (KPA) met today at Panmunjom to discuss the series of incidents involving South and North Korean naval vessels off the west coast of the Korean peninsula.
- KOREAN / SHIPS Voice of America 11 June 1999 -- NORTH KOREAN WARSHIPS WERE NUDGED BY SOUTH KOREAN NAVY VESSELS BACK INTO THEIR OWN TERRITORIAL WATERS ON FRIDAY, AS A TENSE STANDOFF IN THE YELLOW SEA ENTERED ITS FOURTH DAY.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing JUNE 11, 1999 -- Our North Korea policy of maintaining strong, deterrent alliances with our friends in the region, while engaging the DPRK in serious dialogue to reduce tensions and address our concerns, remains unchanged. Far from delaying his report to the President, Dr. Perry is working expeditiously to complete it.
- NORTH / SOUTH KOREA / STANDOFFVoice of America 09 June 1999 -- NAVY SHIPS FROM NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA ARE INVOLVED IN A TENSE STANDOFF NEAR THEIR HEAVILY-ARMED BORDER. SOUTH KOREAN PATROL BOATS WERE DISPATCHED ON WEDNESDAY AFTER THE NORTH SENT SIX SHIPS INTO A BUFFER ZONE AT THE WESTERN SEA BORDER.
- Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service June 1 - June 6, 1999
- CHINA / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 03 June 1999 -- NORTH KOREA'S NUMBER TWO LEADER HAS ARRIVED IN BEIJING FOR A FIVE-DAY OFFICIAL VISIT AIMED AT SHORING UP TIES WITH HIS COUNTRY'S LAST MAJOR ALLY. KIM YONG-NAM, HEAD OF NORTH KOREA'S PARLIAMENT, IS THE HIGHEST-RANKING OFFICIAL FROM THAT COUNTRY TO VISIT CHINA SINCE THE LATE PRESIDENT KIM IL-SUNG WENT THERE IN 1991.
- N.KOREA / S. KOREA Voice of America 02 June 1999 -- OFFICIALS FROM NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA ARE SCHEDULED TO MEET IN BEIJING LATER THIS MONTH, MARKING A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN INTER-KOREAN RELATIONS.
- N. KOREA / S. KOREA Voice of America 01 June 1999 -- SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT KIM DAE-JUNG SAYS THERE MAY BE A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN RELATIONS WITH COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA, WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. THE REMARK COINCIDES WITH ANOTHER BLAST OF CRITICISM FROM PYONGYANG ON TUESDAY.
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