Chronology of North Korea’s missile program

The Associated Press
AP News

Jul 02, 2009 11:38 EST

Developments in North Korea’s missile program:

– Aug. 31, 1998: North Korea fires suspected missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean, calling it a satellite.

– Sept. 13, 1999: North Korea pledges to freeze long-range missile tests.

– March 10, 2003: North Korea fires a land-to-ship missile off east coast into waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan.

– October 2003: North Korea fires two land-to-ship missiles.

– May 2005: North Korea fires a short-range missile into waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan.

– March 8, 2006: North Korea fires two short-range missiles.

– July 5, 2006: North Korea launches seven missiles into waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan, including a long-range Taepodong-2.

– July 15, 2006: U.N. Security Council adopts Resolution 1695 demanding North Korea halt missile program.

– Oct. 9, 2006: North Korea conducts underground nuclear test blast after citing "extreme threat of a nuclear war" from U.S.

– Oct. 15, 2006: U.N. Security Council adopts Resolution 1718 condemning test, imposing sanctions and banning North Korea from activities related to its nuclear weapons program, including "their means of delivery."

– July 14, 2007: North Korea shuts down its main Yongbyon reactor, later starts disabling it.

– Sept. 19, 2008: North Korea says it is restoring a key atomic reactor.

– Oct. 11, 2008: U.S. removes North Korea from a list of states that sponsor terrorism.

– April 5: North Korea launches long-range rocket.

– April 13: The U.N. Security Council adopts a presidential statement condemning North Korea’s rocket launch.

– April 14: North Korea quits six-party nuclear talks and vows to restart its nuclear facilities in protest against the U.N. statement.

– May 25: North Korea conducts its second nuclear test.

– June 12: The U.N. Security Council adopts Resolution 1874 sanctioning North Korea for its nuclear test.

– June 18: Japanese newspaper reports North Korea may fire a long-range missile toward Hawaii in early July. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he has positioned more missile defenses around Hawaii.

– Mid-June: North Korea announces a no-sail zone off its east coast from June 25 to July 10 for military drills.

– July 2: North Korea test-fires four short-range missiles.


Sources: South Korean defense and foreign ministries and presidential office, AP reports.


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