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July 1999 - North Korea Special Weapons News

  • COHEN / NORTH KOREA MISSILE Voice of America 30 July 1999 -- U-S Defense Secretary, William Cohen has warned North Korea must choose between confrontation and cooperation.
  • NORTH KOREAN MISSILE FEARS Voice of America 30 July 1999 -- Recently, U-S intelligence satellites and other sources have suggested North Korea is getting ready to fire its longest range missile ever, the Taepo Dong Two. This is not good news for the United States, which for the first time could be within range of either a nuclear bomb or a chemical or biological weapon.
  • NK Lobs New Threats By Jim Lea, Pacific Stars And Stripes July 30, 1999 -- A report by Pyongyang's state-operated Korean Central News Agency monitored in Seoul on Monday quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying a missile will be launched "for peaceful scientific research into space and there is no need to be afraid of it."
  • Determined Alliance Counters North Korean Threats American Forces Press Service 30 July 1999 -- The United States aims to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula through "deterrence, dialogue and determination," according to Defense Secretary William S. Cohen.
  • President Kim and U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen Agree to Closely Cooperate to Deter N.K. Missile Launch 1999-07-29 -- President Kim today met with U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen at the presidential summer retreat Chong Nam Dae and agreed to closely coordinate efforts among Korea, the U.S. and Japan to deter North Korea's possible test launching of a missile for the second time in a year.
  • KOREA MISSILE TALKS Voice of America 29 July 1999 -- South Korean President Kim Dae-jung says North Korea should be offered incentives to persuade the reclusive communist state to abandon plans for a controversial missile test.
  • Joint Press Conference with Secretary Cohen and Defense Minister Cho July 29, 1999 -- North Korea is known to have been modifying and repairing the infrastructure at its missile base since a couple of months ago, and we believe that they are preparing for another launch. North Korea is currently doing their work on the infrastructure. North Korea would require considerable time before it actually launches another missile. Korea and the U.S. agreed to exert joint efforts to deter North Korea from launching another missile, based on the common perception that a missile launch would have serious negative consequences on peace and stability on the peninsula and in the region. In case North Korea proceeds with the launch, Secretary Cohen and I agreed to respond resolutely.
  • Secretary Cohen and Minister Norota Joint Press Conference July 28, 1999 -- We see this as an opportunity for North Korea to embrace some economic and diplomatic initiatives that would lead to a lessening of tensions and an integration of North Korea into the international community. There are a number of opportunities that I can't spell out here but have been at least made clear through the work being done by Dr. Perry. A rejection of that path of integration into the international community would have the opposite result, and that is, it could lead to greater instability and tensions in the region, which would not be of benefit to anyone.
  • COHEN-NORTH KOREA Voice of America 28 July 1999 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen says North Korea will face serious diplomatic and economic consequences if it launches another ballistic missile.
  • Cohen Calls for North Korean Cooperation on Missiles American Forces Press Service 28 July 1999 -- The United States has urged North Korea to stop developing, testing, and exporting missiles and missile technology. Another test launch will jeopardize North Korea's relations with the international community, Cohen said.
  • Transcript: U.S., Japan, Korea Press Conference on North Korea 27 July 1999 -- Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Republic of Korea Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Hong Soon-Young and Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Masahiko Koumura warned North Korea July 27 that another long-range missile launch -- whether declared to be a missile test or an attempt to place a satellite in orbit -- would be highly destabilizing and would have very serious consequences for efforts to build better relations.
  • North Korea Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs July 27, 1999 -- United States Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Hong Soon-Young, and Japanese Foreign Minister Koumura Masahiko called on North Korea to seize the opportunity, presented in May by Dr. William Perry in Pyongyang, to build a new and positive relationship with its neighbors and potential partners, and to accept the comprehensive and integrated approach which builds on the engagement policy.
  • NORTH KOREA/MISSILE Voice of America 27 July 1999 -- The United States, Japan and South Korea are warning North Korea not to go ahead with another test of a long range missile, saying doing so would lead to serious negative consequences.
  • COHEN-JAPAN-KOREA Voice of America 26 July 1999 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen says even with spy satellites and other resources to help, the United States can not tell when, or if, North Korea will test launch a new ballistic missile.
  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service July 19 - July 25, 1999
  • NORTH KOREA FAMINE IMPACT Voice of America 22 July 1999 -- FOUR YEARS OF FAMINE HAVE HAD A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON THE NORTH KOREAN POPULATION, ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY OF NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES IN CHINA.
  • CONGRESS - NORTH KOREA Voice of America 21 July 1999 -- BY AN OVERWHELMING MARGIN, THE HOUSE VOTED TO ADD CONDITIONS TO THE 1994 AGREEMENT. PRESIDENT CLINTON MUST CERTIFY THAT PYONGYANG IS IN COMPLETE COMPLIANCE BEFORE THE UNITED STATES FULFILLS ITS OBLIGATIONS.
  • Text: Korea Four Party Talks Sixth Plenary to Convene August 5 19 July 1999 -- The United States, China, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have agreed to convene the Sixth Plenary of the Four Party Talks in Geneva beginning August 5, 1999.
  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service July 12 - July 18, 1999
  • JAPAN / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 14 July 1999 -- JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER KEIZO OBUCHI IS WARNING THAT ANOTHER LONG-RANGE MISSILE TEST BY NORTH KOREA WOULD SERIOUSLY AFFECT REGIONAL SECURITY AND HURT PYONGYANG'S OWN INTERESTS.
  • US Department of State Daily Press Briefing 13 July 1999 -- I'm not going to speculate on what specific steps we would take if such a launch did indeed take place. It would not be appropriate for me to comment about what we know about the details of North Korea's missile development activities.
  • JAPAN / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 13 July 1999 -- JAPAN SAYS IT MAY WITHDRAW FUNDING FOR TWO NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IN NORTH KOREA -- IF PYONGYANG TEST FIRES ANOTHER LONG-RANGE MISSILE.
  • KOREA/ MISSILES Voice of America 12 July 1999 -- SOUTH KOREA'S MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE SAYS SEOUL WOULD CUT OFF ECONOMIC AID TO COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA IN THE EVENT OF A SECOND MISSILE LAUNCH BY THE NORTH.
  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service July 5 - July 11, 1999
  • US Department of State Daily Press Briefing 08 July 1999 -- NORTH KOREA Status/Update on Access to Detained American Citizen North Korean Missile Activities and Development Status of Dr. Perry's Report Japan Diet's Consideration of Legislation on Export Controls
  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service June 28 - July 4, 1999
  • KOREA / TALKS Voice of America 03 July 1999 -- NORTH AND SOUTH KOREAN NEGOTIATORS HAVE HELD A SURPRISE MEETING IN BEIJING. THE ONE-ON-ONE TALKS SATURDAY WERE SECRET. THE NORTH ASKED FOR A MEETING BETWEEN THE TWO CHIEF NEGOTIATORS.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALSJuly 2, 1999 -- President Clinton met today with President Kim Dae Jung of the Republic of Korea. Both sides agreed that a North Korean missile test would pose a serious obstacle to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and have serious consequences for improvement in relations with North Korea. I do not think that the U.S., South Korea and Japan, would wish to take steps that would violate the agreed framework.
  • US Department of State Daily Press Briefing 02 July 1999 -- NORTH/SOUTH KOREA Collapse of talks / President Kim is in Washington / Missile test concerns / Fishing vessels / General Officer's Talks Arrest of American - No consular access / Dr. Perry's report/ discussions / Status of North East free trade area
  • KOREA TALKS Voice of America 02 July 1999 -- SOUTH KOREA HAS SUSPENDED ITS TALKS WITH NORTH KOREA IN BEIJING AND ACCUSED THE NORTH OF REFUSING TO DISCUSS THE KEY ISSUE OF REUNITING FAMILIES DIVIDED BY THE KOREAN WAR.
  • KEDO AND REPUBLIC OF KOREA SIGN AGREEMENT ON FINANCING FOR LIGHT-WATER REACTOR PROJECT July 2 , 1999 -- The agreement, which is subject to approval of the ROK National Assembly, establishes the modalities related to the ROK's contribution to the Light-Water Reactor Project. Last year, the ROK committed to provide 70% of the project's actual cost.
  • KOREA TALKS Voice of America 01 July 1999 -- NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA HAVE HELD ANOTHER ROUND OF THEIR ON-AGAIN, OFF-AGAIN TALKS IN BEIJING, BUT SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS SAY THE MEETING BROKE DOWN WHEN NORTH KOREA REFUSED TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF REUNITING FAMILIES DIVIDED BY THE KOREAN WAR.
  • Visit of South Korean President Kim Dae Jung Foreign Press Center Briefing Transcript July 1, 1999 -- We have warned North Korea that a missile test of any such system would have serious consequences. We have indicated that the problem with the satellite issue is the satellite is simply the payload, it's what launches the satellite and whether there is any conceptual difference between a satellite-launched vehicle and a long-range missile. And so from our point of view, it is the vehicle and the range that is the most serious thing, and that's why we have focused on it. And so we do not think simply labeling something as a satellite makes the issue go away.
  • South, North Korean navies clash in West Sea KORUS July 1999 -- For more than a week North Korean fishing boats, escorted by naval patrol boats, intruded south of the Northern Limit Line in the West Sea (Yellow Sea). This line has served for decades as a means of separating North and South Korean naval forces.



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