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Kim Jong-ilJun 13, 2000

George W. BushJan 29, 2002

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North Korea - Historical Events
Date Event
1945-08-08

USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea

1946-02-05

The Chondoist Chongu Party is founded in North Korea.

1948-03-27

The Second Congress of the Workers' Party of North Korea is convened.

1948-05-01

North Korea proclaims itself People's Democratic Republic of Korea

1950-06-25

Korean conflict begins; North Korea invades South Korea

1950-06-25

UN member states begin using integrated forces against North Korea

1950-10-01

South Korean troops cross the 38th parallel into North Korea

1950-10-19

UN forces entered Pyongyang, capital of North Korea

1950-11-04

US troops vacate Pyongyang North Korea

1950-11-06

Chinese offensive halts at Chongchon River, North Korea

1953-07-27

North Korea & UN sign armistice

1962-10-08

North Korea reports 100% election turnout, miraculously 100% vote for the Workers' Party

1968-01-23

Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea

1968-12-23

82 members of US intelligence ship Pueblo released by North Korea

1969-04-15

North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea

1972-12-28

Kim Il-song, becomes president of North Korea

1977-03-18

US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea & Cambodia

1977-07-14

North Korea shoots down US helicopter, killing 3

1994-10-21

North Korea signs pact to end their nuclear projects

1998-08-31

North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.

2000-06-13

President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea meets Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, in the northern capital of Pyongyang.

2002-01-29

In his State of the Union Address, United States President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.

2002-06-29

Naval clashes between South Korea and North Korea lead to the death of six South Korean sailors and sinking of a North Korean vessel.

2004-04-22

Two fuel trains collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.

2004-05-24

North Korea bans mobile phones.

2006-07-04

North Korea tests four short-range missiles, one medium-range missile, and a long-range Taepodong-2. The long-range Taepodong-2 reportedly fails in mid-air over the Sea of Japan/East Sea.

2006-07-05

North Korea missle tests: at least two short-range Nodong-2 missiles, one SCUD missile and one long-range Taepodong-2 missile.

2006-10-09

North Korea allegedly tests its first nuclear device.

2007-01-17

The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.

2007-02-23

Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.

2007-10-02

President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea walks across the Military Demarcation Line into North Korea on his way to the second Inter-Korean Summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

2009-04-05

North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks

2009-05-25

North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests bulding tensions in the international community.

2012-02-20

South Korea angers North Korea as it proceeds with live fire drills in disputed Korean sea borders

2012-07-18

Kim Jong-un is officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea and given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army

2012-07-26

North Korea is hit by Tropical Storm Khanun, killing 88 people and leaving 60,000 people homeless

2012-07-29

Tropical Storm Khanun kills 88 people and leaves 60,000 homeless in North Korea

2012-09-03

Typhoon Bolaven kills 48 people in North Korea

2013-02-12

North Korea confirms it has successfully tested a nuclear device that could be weaponized

2013-03-08

North Korea terminates all peace pacts with South Korea

2013-03-11

North Korea cuts the phone line with South Korea, breaching the 1953 armistice

2013-03-13

North Korea shreds the Korean Armistice agreement

2013-03-29

UN regulation of international arms trade is blocked by North Korea, Iran, and Syria

2013-03-30

North Korea declares it is at a state of war with South Korea

2013-04-17

North Korea blocks a South Korean supply delegation from the Kaesong joint industrial zone

2015-12-16

North Korea sentences Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim to life in prison

2016-01-05

North Korea says it successfully conducts hydrogen bomb test

2016-01-22

North Korea Says It's Holding US Student for 'Hostile Act'

2016-02-03

China Urges Restraint Over North Korea Rocket Launch

2016-02-03

South Korea Warns North Korea Not to Launch Satellite

2016-02-04

North Korea's Rocket Plans Seen as Disrespectful of China

2016-02-09

Japan's Parliament Condemns North Korea Rocket Launch

2016-02-10

North Korea's Rocket Launch Frays Ties Between South Korea and China

2016-02-10

Senate approves new North Korea sanctions

2016-02-11

North Korea army chief Ri Yong-gil said to be executed

2016-03-02

UN Security Council approves North Korea sanctions

2016-03-03

North Korea fires several short-range projectiles into sea - South Korea

2016-03-04

North Korea leader orders military to be ready to use nuclear weapons at any time

2016-03-07

South Korea, US begin exercises as North Korea threatens attack

2016-03-08

South Korea announces unilateral sanctions on North Korea

2016-03-08

North Korea's Kim says country has miniaturised nuclear warhead

2016-03-09

North Korea fires two short-range missiles into sea - Yonhap

2016-03-10

South Korea considers approval of North Korea tuberculosis aid despite sanctions

2016-03-12

North Korea Warns of Pre-emptive Strikes Against the South

2016-03-12

North Korea submarine 'missing' as US-South Korea drills continue

2016-03-18

North Korea Fires Missile Into Sea, South Korea Says

2016-03-21

North Korea fires short-range projectiles into sea

2016-04-01

North Korea Jamming GPS Signals Across Border, South Korea Says

2016-04-01

China's Xi urges implementation of UN resolutions on North Korea

2016-04-09

North Korea Says It Successfully Tested Missile Engine

2016-04-13

North Korea Threatens South Korea Over 13 Defectors

2016-04-24

North Korea says submarine ballistic missile test 'great success'

2016-04-24

France calls on EU to adopt new sanctions against North Korea

2016-04-24

North Korea 'will halt' nuclear tests if US stops S Korea exercises

2016-04-24

North Korea 'fires submarine-launched ballistic missile'

2016-04-27

North Korea to stage first party congress in nearly 40 years

2016-04-29

North Korea Sentences American to 10 Years for Spying, Reports Say

2016-04-29

Russia, China in Agreement on North Korea, South China Sea

2016-05-08

North Korea Claims Its Nuclear Arsenal Is Just a 'Deterrent'

2016-05-08

North Korea leader Kim says will not use nuclear arms unless threatened

2016-05-09

North Korea says to push nuclear programme, defying UN sanctions

2016-05-10

China's Xi congratulates North Korea's Kim on party promotion

2016-05-31

South Korea Says North Korea Missile Launch Likely Failed

2016-06-01

North Korea's missile and nuclear projects unacceptable, Japan envoy says

2016-06-22

North Korea 'tests banned missiles'

2016-06-23

Kim Jong-un says North Korea missiles can reach US in Pacific

2016-08-03

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Into Sea, South Korea Says

2016-08-24

North Korea Seeks UN Meeting on US-South Korea Exercises

2016-08-24

Japan, China, South Korea agree to urge North Korea to stop provocation

2016-08-24

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

2016-08-30

North Korea Denounces UN Condemnation, Warns US of Action

2016-09-05

North Korea fires three ballistic missiles, reports say

2016-09-09

North Korea confirms it has conducted fifth nuclear test

2016-09-10

With latest North Korea test, US again seeks elusive Chinese help

2016-09-13

US flexes muscle at North Korea, flying bombers over South Korea: reports

2017-02-12

North Korea Launches Missile in First Test Since Trump Took Office

2017-02-12

Trump says US behind Japan '100 percent' after North Korea missile launch

2017-02-14

UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile launching

2017-02-19

US pushes Beijing to keep up pressure on North Korea

2017-02-23

North Korea blames Malaysia for death of its citizen: KCNA

2017-02-24

North Korea Accuses China of 'Mean Behavior' After It Tightens Sanctions

2017-03-02

US, South Korea agree to strengthen cooperation on North Korea sanctions

2017-03-07

Malaysian PM Najib calls on North Korea to release all Malaysians

2017-03-07

North Korea bars Malaysians from leaving as murder row boils

2017-03-07

North Korea bans Malaysians from leaving country over Kim Jong Nam's death

2017-03-19

North Korea 'conducts high-thrust engine test'

2017-04-05

North Korea launches missile into Sea of Japan

2017-04-11

North Korea issues warning as US strike group heads to Korean Peninsula

2017-04-12

Japanese, US navies plan joint show of force toward North Korea

2017-04-14

Trump says North Korea problem 'will be taken care of'

2017-04-15

North Korea rolls out heavy artillery in giant military parade

2017-04-17

US Vice President Pence visits DMZ amid high tensions with North Korea

2017-04-18

Pence reassures Japan of US resolve against North Korea

2017-04-18

Trump may have to be patient about North Korea

2017-04-20

China criticizes North Korea, praises US on nuclear issue

2017-04-20

Russia vetoes UN statement on North Korea's missile tests

2017-04-24

China's Xi urges restraint on North Korea issue on call with Trump

2017-04-24

North Korea detained a professor who is US citizen; at least 3rd American held

2017-04-27

South Korea, US warn of punishment for North Korea; US stresses sanctions

2017-05-14

US military confirms North Korea fired missile

2017-06-08

North Korea fires suspected cruise missiles after US drills

2017-06-29

North Korea warns US it will keep building nuclear arsenal

2017-07-04

North Korea claims it tested first intercontinental missile

2017-07-06

China urges calm after US says ready to use force against North Korea

2017-07-29

China urges North Korea to stop acts that could worsen tensions

2017-07-29

South Korea to deploy more THAAD units after North Korea ICBM launch

2017-07-30

US flies bombers over Korean peninsula after North Korea missile test

2017-08-03

US bans travel to North Korea from September 1, says Americans should leave

2017-08-07

South Korea, US agree to pressure North Korea, China hopes for North-South talks

2017-08-07

China media stress limits to North Korea sanctions, slam US 'arrogance'

2017-08-09

North Korea threatens missile strike on Guam that will create an 'enveloping fire'

2017-08-15

North Korea maps out detailed plan for missile launches to sea off Guam

2017-08-15

Dozens rally in Guam for peace amid North Korea threats

2017-08-18

North Korea tells UN chief nuclear program not up for negotiation

2017-08-23

China July trade with North Korea slows from June as coal ban bites

2017-08-26

China bans new business with North Korea in line with sanctions

2017-08-26

North Korea launches 3 short-range ballistic missiles

2017-08-29

North Korea fires missile over Japan in aggressive test

2017-09-03

North Korea detonates its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yet

2017-09-07

South Korea deploys anti-missile system as US seeks tough North Korea sanctions

2017-09-08

Trump says hopes to avoid use of military action on North Korea

2017-09-14

North Korea threatens to 'sink' Japan, reduce US to 'ashes and darkness'

2017-09-20

Trump vows to 'totally destroy North Korea' at UN assembly

2017-09-23

China follows UN sanctions with bans, limits on fuel products to North Korea

2017-09-27

Trump says US 'totally prepared' for military option in North Korea

2017-10-09

North Korea's 'princess' now one of the secretive state's top policy makers

2017-10-17

North Korea says 'a nuclear war may break out any moment'

2017-11-29

North Korea says successfully launches new ICBM that can reach all of US

2017-12-26

China halts oil product exports to North Korea in November as sanctions bite

2017-12-29

South Korea seizes HK-flagged vessel it says transferred oil to North Korea

2018-01-01

North Korea's Kim says US will never start war against North

2018-01-05

North Korea accepts January 9 talks offer from South Korea

2018-01-09

North Korea will send Olympic team to South as countries hold high-level talks

2018-02-10

North Korea's Kim invites South Korean president for summit: South Korea

2018-02-26

South Korea says it hopes for constructive talks between US, North Korea

2018-03-07

North Korea open to abandoning its nuclear program, Seoul says

2018-03-09

Oil prices rise as US President Trump set to meet North Korea's Kim

2018-03-28

North Korea's Kim Jong Un visits China in 1st foreign trip as leader

2018-04-09

North Korea tells US that Kim Jong Un ready to discuss nukes

2018-04-21

North Korea says it will stop nuclear tests, abolish test site

2018-04-27

North Korea's Kim Jong Un crosses DMZ line for historic meeting with South Korea

2018-05-02

South Korea says it wants US troops to stay regardless of any treaty with North Korea

2018-05-16

North Korea threatens to cancel US summit

2018-05-24

China tells US 'now is the time' if it wants peace with North Korea

2018-06-13

North Korea state media says Trump agreed to lift sanctions against North

2018-06-20

North Korea expected to return remains of up to 200 US service members lost in Korean War

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North Korea - Notable Birthdays

Kim Jong-ilFeb 16, 1942

North Korea - Birthdays
Date Event
1912-04-15

Kim II Sung, Eternal President ("The Great Leader") of North Korea (1945-94)

1923-02-17

Hwang Jang-Yop, Inside North Korea

1938-07-03

Shin Geum Dan, North Korea, 400m/800m runner (1962 world record)

1942-02-16

Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of North Korea (1994-2011) [disputed birthdate, 1941]

1942-9-29

Bill Nelson, The Last Frontier/North Korea/The Wrong Man

1956-9-12

Sam Brownback, The Last Frontier/North Korea/The Wrong Man

1966-07-13

Myong Hui Choe, North Korea, gymnist (Olympic-1980)

North Korea - Notable Deaths

Kim Jong-ilDec 17, 2011

North Korea - Deaths
Date Event
1994-12-09

Kim II Sung, pres of North Korea (1945-94), dies at 82

2010-10-10

Hwang Jang-Yop, Inside North Korea

2011-12-17

Kim Jong-il, supreme leader of North Korea (DPRK) 1994-2011, dies of a suspected heart attack at 70

2017-06-20

US student Otto Warmbier, who was freed by North Korea, dies aged 22

2017-12-12

Charles Jenkins, US soldier who defected to North Korea, dies aged 77


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