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August 1999 - North Korea Special Weapons News

  • N. KOREA FOOD Voice of America 31 August 1999 -- A South Korean relief group says some three and one-half million North Koreans may have died of starvation and related illnesses since 1995. The mortality figure is dramatically higher than estimates made by the South Korean government.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 31 August 1999 -- Representative Hall says he talked to Kim Gye Gwan -- said, "I urged him in the strongest terms not to jeopardize the progress our countries have made by launching another missile and he agreed that there was a good chance that this problem might be resolved," to quote Mr. Hall.
  • NK Warns It May Establish New Sea Border By Jim Lea, Pacific Stars And Stripes August 30, 1999 -- North Korea says it will establish a new sea border with South Korea if the U.N. Command does not agree to rewrite the Korean War armistice to specifically designate the line.
  • N. KOREA - U-S Voice of America 30 August 1999 -- A U-S Congressman says North Korea is prepared to respond positively if Washington lifts economic sanctions. Representative Tony Hall was speaking after a four day visit to the reclusive state.
  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service August 23 - August 29, 1999
  • S. Korea: NK Famine Left 270,000 Dead Pacific Stars and Stripes August 28, 1999 - About 270,000 North Koreans are believed to have died of famine between 1995 and 1998, or 26.4 percent of the 1.02 million deaths in that period.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 25 August 1999 -- NORTH KOREA US Special Envoy Charles Kartman to Lead Delegation to Meet with DPRK Counterparts / Prospects for Missile Test by North Korea / Status of Dr. Perry's Report / Prospects for Public Release
  • Text: State Department on U.S.-N. Korea Talks in Berlin USIA 25 August 1999 -- U.S. Special Envoy for the Korean Peace Talks, Ambassador Charles Kartman, will lead a delegation of U.S. officials to meet with DPRK counterparts in Berlin, September 7-11.
  • CHINA-NORTH KOREA Voice of America 25 August 1999 -- South Korea is trying to coordinate action by the United States, Japan, and China to get North Korea to call off a planned launch of a long-range missile. As part of its diplomatic initiative, Seoul sent its defense minister to Beijing for the first-ever meeting between defense ministers of the two former wartime enemies.
  • HALL - N. KOREA Voice of America 25 August 1999 -- A member of the U-S Congress is on the eve of an unprecedented fifth trip to North Korea. Representative Tony Hall has admonished Tokyo for its refusal to provide humanitarian aid to Pyongyang. The Congressman, who is a member of the Democratic Party Task Force on Hunger, made a stop in Japan en route to Pyongyang.
  • THE NORTH KOREAN MISSILE THREAT Voice of America 25 August 1999 -- For weeks now, U-S intelligence sources have been warning that North Korea is poised to test launch the latest in a series of regional and long-range missiles. This latest rocket, called the Taepo Dong Two, has an estimated range of 37-hundred miles.
  • U-S / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 25 August 1999 -- U-S officials say they plan to hold another round of talks with North Korea next month to try to persuade the North not to carry out any new long range missile tests.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 24 August 1999 -- The burden-sharing agreement reached last August among KEDO members does not contain any commitment by the United States to contribute to the light water reactor project. But the United States is committed to seeking funding for the supply of heavy fuel oil and for other KEDO needs, as appropriate, from the US Congress and all other possible sources.
  • War 'Unavoidable,' NK Newspaper Says By Jim Lea, Pacific Stars And Stripes August 24, 1999 - A joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea reveals the "increasing militarism" of the two countries and has made a second Korean War inevitable, the official newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party said Sunday.
  • JAPAN-KOREAS Voice of America 24 August 1999 -- Japan and South Korea say they see some positive signs from North Korea, including a willingness to talk. But the Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers say they are not yet convinced Pyongyang has backed away from plans to test-fire another ballistic missile.
  • CHINA-SOUTH KOREA Voice of America 23 August 1999 -- South Korean Defense Minister Cho Sung-tae has arrived in Beijing for talks a South Korean diplomat says are aimed at seeking China's help in persuading North Korea not to fire a long-range missile.
  • JAPAN - S. KOREA TALKS Voice of America 23 August 1999 -- South Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hong Soon-Young, is in Tokyo as part of a three- pronged diplomatic effort to stave off the threat of a second ballistic missile test by North Korea.
  • Ready, Aim, Extort Time August 23, 1999 -- Any day now, North Korea is expected to test-launch a ballistic missile that could finger the very outer edges of America.
  • Trigger-Happy By Barry Hillenbrand and John Pike Time August 23, 1999 Pg. 39 -- There's a reason they call it rocket science.
  • KOREAN DIPLOMACY / L-O Voice of America 22 August 1999 -- South Korea's foreign minister has gone to Tokyo, as part of the country's diplomatic drive against the threat of another North Korean missile launch. The talks come amid signs reclusive North Korea is prepared to negotiate its missile program, in return for financial and diplomatic gains.
  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service August 16 - August 22, 1999
  • U-S - NORTH KOREAVoice of America 18 August 1999 -- The United States says recent comments by North Korean officials have created an opportunity to improve relations.
  • U-S - NORTH KOREAVoice of America 18 August 1999 -- North Korea says it is ready to negotiate its missile program. A statement from Pyongyang's official media follows an interview with a leading North Korean official who suggested tensions between his country and the United States could be reduced.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 18 August 1999 -- NORTH KOREA -- US believes a window of opportunity exists to improve relations. Issue of liaison offices under Agreed Framework not yet resolved. Region would be safer if DPRK would forswear long-range missiles, technology transfer.
  • ON THE LINE:IS NORTH KOREA A THREAT? Voice of America 17 August 1999 -- On the Line - a discussion of United States policy and contemporary issues. This week, "Is North Korea a Threat?" Here is your host, Robert Reilly.
  • State Department Noon Briefing, August 16, 1999 - The North Korean Secretary of the Workers' Party -- Kim Yong Son -- in an interview today with CNN has indicated a willingness to defuse the crisis on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service August 9 - August 15, 1999
  • ON THE LINE:IS NORTH KOREA A THREAT? Voice of America 12 August 1999 -- On the Line - a discussion of United States policy and contemporary issues. This week, "Is North Korea a Threat?."
  • NORTH KOREA MISSILE Voice of America 11 August 1999 -- North Korea may be nearing a test of a new long-range missile that has been condemned by its neighbors and by the United States. A look at the possible ramifications of the new missile for international security.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 1999 -- We have used every available opportunity to stress our interest in improving relations with the North Koreans. We have also used every available opportunity to convey our concerns about a possible missile launch and its consequences and have urged strongly they not take such an action.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1999 -- With respect to the Four Party Talks, we were disappointed that we were not able to achieve a consensus on any of the concrete proposals at this round place so that substantive work on the goals of tension reduction on the Korean Peninsula and replacing the Armistice with a peace regime could begin in earnest. I usually don't, in the foreign policy business, ever get happy. We have concerns that we resolve and then we work on new concerns and try to resolve them. So there's rarely a day I can remember of ever being happy here at the podium. When and if we are ready to talk about progress on the missile issue, we will do so.
  • DoD News Briefing August 10, 1999 -- We don't anticipate that there will be a missile launch within the next few days or even within the next few weeks at this stage. There were reports I believe over the weekend that some pipes have been laid to a potential launch site. There was a report also that fuel may have been delivered to the launch site. I can't comment on specific intelligence reports. North Korea itself has talked about the possibility of a missile launch so we have to take the possibility of a missile launch seriously. And yes, an observation ship has left Japan on its way to the North Pacific so we will be in a position to monitor a launch should one occur. Talks are continuing. I don't think I want to predict the outcome of the talks.
  • KOREA TALKS Voice of America 10 August 1999 -- Four party talks, involving United States, China, and North and South Korea, began in December, 1997 to try replace the temporary armistice that ended the Korean war of 1950 to 1953 by a permanent peace. The four countries have just held the sixth round in the series.
  • Response of the Defense Agency to the Missile Launch by North Korea
  • KOREA TENSIONS Voice of America 10 August 1999 -- The United States and South Korea say they will begin annual military exercises on the Korean Peninsula next week. The maneuvers occur amid rising tensions in the region and growing expectations North Korea is preparing to test fire a missile. The military exercises are likely to bring strong denunciations from the North.
  • Transcript: August 9 Background Briefing on Korea Four-Party Talks USIA 09 August 1999 -- The Four-Party Talks between the United States, China, North Korea, and South Korea on reducing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and putting a formal end to the Korean War "have begun to move into more substantive areas," according to a senior State Department official speaking on background.
  • Text: Korea Four Party Talks August 9 Joint Press Statement USIA 09 August 1999 -- The sixth plenary session of the Four Party Talks, which includes delegations from the People's Republic of China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States ended August 9 with an agreement by the parties to arrange the next round of talks as quickly as possible.
  • N. KOREA HARVEST Voice of America 09 August 1999 -- North Korea has warned that its grain harvest will drop sharply this year, due to torrential rains and a typhoon which battered the peninsula last week. The country has requested food aid to the areas damaged by Typhoon Olga. The floods are likely to worsen the plight of a country which has experienced successive years of famine.
  • U.S. 7th Fleet Always On Alert, Doran Says By Jim Lea, Pacific Stars And Stripes August 7, 1999 -- When the battle erupted between South and North Korean ships in the Yellow Sea in June, two 7th Fleet AEGIS guided-missile cruisers - the USS Mobile Bay and USS Vincennes - were sent to the area very quickly.
  • NORTH KOREA MISSILE Voice of America 08 August 1999 -- Amid growing expectations of a missile launch by North Korea, it is maintaining it has a right to launch a missile. North Korean representatives have also rebuffed suggestions to discuss the issue with the United States.
  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service August 2 - Agust 8, 1999
  • KOREA - TALKS Voice of America 05 August 1999 -- Negotiators from the United States, China, and North and South Korea opened the latest round of talks (today/Thursday) in Geneva to try to bring a permanent peace to the divided Korean Peninsula. So far, there has been virtually no progress and as Gordon Martin reports from Geneva, there is little prospect of significant results from this latest series of talks
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1999 -- The Four Party Talks is not the forum to discuss a subject like missile launches. We are pursuing, through bilateral channels, a resumption or scheduling of the next round of the missile talks, which would be the appropriate forum to focus exclusively on that issue. But we don't have a date to offer you.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing, AUGUST 2, 1999 -- NORTH KOREA Four Party Talks / Bilateral Talks in Geneva / US-North Korean Development / Nuclear Capability / US-North Korea Multilateral Agreement Food Supply Situation
  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service July 26 - August 1, 1999



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