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October 1999 - North Korea Special Weapons News

  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service October 25 - October 31, 1999
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing OCTOBER 29, 1999 -- N. KOREA -- US-N. Korea talks in Berlin/Visit to US of high-level North Korean Official / Issuance of gas masks to American civilians living in Korea
  • GILMAN: NORTH KOREA "HOLDS OUT ONE HAND FOR AID, WHILE IN THE OTHER HAND IT HOLDS A GUN" (October 27) It is now believed that two types of North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles can strike the continental United States with weapons of mass destruction.
  • CONGRESS/NORTH KOREA AID Voice of America 27 October 1999 -- The General Accounting Office report says the North Korean government has too many constraints on shipments of U-S aid, which enter the country through the U-N's World Food Program.
  • KOREA / U-S MILITARY Voice of America 26 October 1999 -- The joint military exercise, called "Foal Eagle," is an annual event. But what is also an annual event is the belligerent response from North Korea.
  • Report: NK Rodong-1 Missile Battalions In Place Jim Lea Pacific Stars and Stripes October 26, 1999 -- North Korea has deployed four Rodong-1 missile battalions - one in North Pyongan Province bordering China and three stationed in North Hwanghae Province near the Demilitarized Zone. Each of the battalions has launch pads for nine Rodong-1 missiles.
  • North Korea Blasts U.S. For Dragging Feet On Agreement Jim Lea Pacific Stars and Stripes October 26, 1999 -- North Korea marked the fifth anniversary of a 1994 nuclear agreement with the United States by blasting Washington for the near collapse of the deal because of American foot-dragging.
  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service October 18 - October 24, 1999
  • Text: Chairman Gilman Oct. 21 Asia Society Speech on North Korea USIA 21 October 1999 -- Our nation is now arguably North Korea's main benefactor and despite this influx of aid, North Korea remains a significant threat to our nation's security interests.
  • NK Says Foal Eagle Is Reason For Missiles By Jim Lea, Pacific Stars and Stripes October 19, 1999 -- North Korea pointed to the upcoming military exercise between South Korean and U.S. troops as a motive for conducting a missile development program, the official newspaper of Pyonyang's ruling Worker's Party said.
  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service October 11 - October 17, 1999
  • Text: GAO Report on U.S./North Korea Agreement on Energy USIA 15 October 1999 -- The United States General Accounting Office (GAO) has sent a report onthe status of heavy fuel oil delivered to North Korea under the Agreed Framework of 1994 to House International Relations Committee Chairman Benjamin Gilman.
  • GILMAN: "NORTH KOREA MAY STILL BE PURSUING A NUCLEAR PROGRAM" (October 13) - U.S. Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (20th-NY), Chairman of the House International Relations Committee, said that "North Korea may still be pursuing a nuclear program" and "is arguably the largest proliferator of missiles and enabling technology in the world," at a committee hearing on North Korea today.
  • Text: Statement of William Perry on U.S. North Korea PolicyUSIA 12 October 1999 -- If the United States fails to persuade North Korea to remove the threat of long-range missiles through dialogue and a significant improvement in relations, then the United States must be prepared to protect its interests and those of its allies by containing that threat, said William Perry, special advisor to the President and the Secretary of State on North Korea policy.

  • Review of United States Policy Toward North Korea: Findings and Recommendations Unclassified Report by Dr. William J. Perry, U.S. North Korea Policy Coordinator and Special Advisor to the President and the Secretary of State, October 12, 1999 -- Under present circumstances, deterrence of war on the Korean Peninsula is stable on both sides, in military terms. The United States and its allies would swiftly and surely win a second war on the Korean Peninsula, but the destruction of life and property would far surpass anything in recent American experience. While always subject to miscalculation by the isolated North Korean government, there is no military calculus that would suggest to the North Koreans anything but catastrophe from armed conflict. However, acquisition by the DPRK of nuclear weapons or long-range missiles, and especially the combination of the two (a nuclear weapons device mounted on a long-range missile), could undermine this relative stability. China realizes that DPRK ballistic missiles are an important impetus to U.S. national missile defense and theater missile defenses, neither of which is desired by China. If the DPRK moved to eliminate its nuclear and long-range missile threats, the United States would normalize relations with the DPRK, relax sanctions that have long constrained trade with the DPRK and take other positive steps that would provide opportunities for the DPRK.

  • NOKOR REPORT - SENATE Voice of America 12 October 1999 -- Former Defense Secretary William Perry says North Korea would have at least 50 nuclear weapons if not for the nuclear freeze it agreed to in 1994.
  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service October 4 - October 10, 1999
  • The Method to the Madness By Leon V. Sigal Newsweek 09 October 1999 -- If North Korea was committed to building ballistic missiles to launch nuclear warheads, it would have been testing missiles for much of the last decade. Instead, Pyongyang has fired off just two ineffectual launches - both out of pique at US reluctance to negotiate.
  • Lifting U.S. Sanctions Not A Benefit, N. Korea Says By Jim Lea, Pacific Stars and Stripes October 7, 1999 -- The United States' recent lifting of economic sanctions against North Korea is "neither a benefit nor a gift" to the Stalinist state, the official newspaper of Pyongyang's ruling Workers Party has declared.
  • NORTH KOREA / REFUGEES Voice of America 07 October 1999 -- South Korea's Foreign Minister says between 10-thousand and 30-thousand thousand North Koreans have fled to China to seek refuge from famine. It is the first time the South Korean government has made public its estimate of the number of refugees from the North.
  • JAPAN / N. KOREA Voice of America 06 October 1999 -- Newly appointed Japanese Foreign Minister Yohei Kono says Tokyo may ease economic sanctions imposed on North Korea after it fired a missile over Japan 14 months ago.
  • CHINA-NORTH KOREA Voice of America 6 October 1999 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan is in North Korea, in an effort to shore up ties with Beijing's secretive communist neighbor, amid a changing security situation in Northeast Asia.
  • KEDO MEETING Voice of America 5 October 1999 -- Governments trying to eliminate suspected nuclear weapons programs in North Korea say construction of a safer light-water reactor in the North is likely to begin shortly.
  • CHINA / NORTH KOREA Voice of America 04 October 1999 -- China's foreign minister Tang Jiaxuan begins a five-day visit to North Korea Tuesday, ostensibly to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two Communist countries. Western diplomats in Beijing say they expect Mr. Tang to press the North Koreans to curtail their nuclear ambitions.
  • Weekly On North Korea ROK National Intelligence Service September 27 - October 3, 1999



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