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North Korea nuclear saga

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22 JULY 2017

The long-kept secret behind primitive North Korea’s modern nuclear weaponry

The success of North Korea’s first true intercontinental ballistic missile, possibly capable of reaching Alaska, has sparked speculation over how the isolated country managed to advance the technology so much faster than expected
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2103514/long-kept-secret-behind-primitive-north-koreas-modern

14 MAY 2017

North Korea’s nuclear weapons: Here is all we know

Pyongyang accuses Washington of plotting a ‘decapitation strike’, and sees in nuclear weapons a powerful deterrent
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/north-korea-testing-nuclear-weapons-170504072226461.html

1 MAY 2017

Defiant North Korea hints at nuclear tests to boost force ‘to the maximum’

North Korea suggested on Monday (May 1) it will continue its nuclear weapons tests, saying it will bolster its nuclear force « to the maximum » in a « consecutive and successive way at any moment » in the face of what it calls U.S. aggression and hysteria
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/defiant-north-korea-hints-at-nuclear-tests-to-boost-force–to-the-maximum–8807744
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-05/01/content_15607055.html

30 MARCH 2017

Satellite images show activity at North Korean nuclear test site

Satellite imagery shows that up to 100 people have assembled at the main administrative area of North Korea’s nuclear test site, a gathering not seen since January 2013, a month before Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test, a US institute monitoring the country said on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2083394/satellite-images-show-activity-north-korean-nuclear-test-site
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/north-korea-ready-its-sixth-nuclear-test

24 FEBRUARY 2017

 China say North Korea’s nuclear plan is a problem between U.S. and North Korea

China on Friday dismissed renewed pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump over its role in North Korea, saying the crux of the matter was a dispute between Washington and Pyongyang
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-north-koreas-nuclear-plan-problem-between-us-and-north-korea

28 JANUARY 2017

North Korea likely to have restarted plutonium reactor, says US think tank

North Korea is suspected of having resumed operations at its plutonium production facility, a US institute monitoring the site said Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2066209/north-korea-likely-have-restarted-plutonium-reactor-says-us
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/28/north-korea-has-restarted-reactor-to-make-plutonium-fresh-images-suggest
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170128_14/

1 JANUARY 2017

North Korea ‘close to testing long-range missiles’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his country is in the final stage of preparations to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38482142
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170101_18/

27 DECEMBER 2016

North Korea’s Kim determined to develop nuclear capability by 2017, defector says

A high-profile North Korean defector said on Tuesday that top leader Kim Jong-un is determined to develop a nuclear weapons capability by next year and would not be dissuaded by economic incentives, South Korean media reported
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2057490/north-koreas-kim-determined-develop-nuclear-capability-2017

30 NOVEMBER 2016

U.N. stiffens sanctions on North Korea, trying to slow its nuclear march

In an effort to tighten sanctions that largely failed to throttle North Korea’s nuclear program, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday imposed a cap on coal exports, the country’s chief source of hard currency
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/30/world/asia/north-korea-un-sanctions.html?smid=li-share&_r=0
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/30/content_15534686.html

3 NOVEMBER 2016

Is North Korea’s nuclear tech for sale?

Concerns remain about the possible transfer of North Korea’s nuclear technology and knowledge to non-state actors. How likely is North Korea to engage in a nuclear arms sale with a terrorist group?http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/03/is-north-koreas-nuclear-tech-for-sale/

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

US sanctions Chinese company for alleged support of North Korea

The United States has announced criminal charges and economic sanctions against a Chinese company for alleged support of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/26/us-sanctions-china-north-korea-dandong-hongxiang
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2022768/us-sanctions-chinese-company-over-ties-north-korea

11  SEPTEMBER 2016

North Korea demands recognition as legitimate nuclear state

North Korea has demanded the US recognise it as a “legitimate nuclear weapons state” following its fifth and largest atomic test, adding that threats of further sanctions against the country were “laughable”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/11/north-korea-demands-recognition-as-legitimate-nuclear-state-pyongyang
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-11/us-must-recognise-north-korea-as-nuclear-weapons-state-kcna-says/7834620?section=world

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

North Korea conducts 2nd nuclear test this year

An announcer with North Korean state television KCNA read a statement from the Nuclear Weapon Research Institute of the DPRK confirming a successful nuclear test was conducted to assess the capacity of a nuclear warhead that can now be miniaturized to fit on various types of missiles
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247519847
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37317782
https://www.nknews.org/2016/09/north-koreas-5th-nuke-test-why-now-and-what-next/

22 JULY 2016

Secret North Korean nuclear site identified, report claims

A US think tank said on Friday it may have identified a secret North Korean gas centrifuge plant used in the early stages of the nuclear-armed country’s illicit uranium enrichment efforts
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1993289/secret-north-korean-nuclear-site-identified-report-claims

22 JUNE 2016

North Korea nuclear envoy says six-party talks are ‘dead’

A North Korean nuclear envoy attending a security forum in Beijing said Wednesday that the long-stalled negotiations on the North’s nuclear weapons program are « dead, » dashing hope that Pyongyang might change its course on its nuclear ambition
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/north-korea-envoy-six-party-talks-are-%E2%80%98dead%E2%80%99

25 APRIL 2016

Obama dismisses N Korea proposal to ‘halt’ nuclear tests

US President Barack Obama has dismissed North Korea’s proposal to suspend nuclear tests if the US ends its annual military exercises with the South
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36127011

9 APRIL 2016

State media says North Korea has successfully tested an engine designed for a new intercontinental ballistic missile

Kim Jong Un reportedly said the successful outcome guarantees that North Korea will be able to carry out different types of nuclear attacks against enemy forces, including the United States
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160409_10/
http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/09/north-korea-says-long-range-missile-engine-could-reach-united-states/

1 APRIL 2016

North Korea to pursue more ‘nuclear deterrence’

North Korea pledged to pursue its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in defiance of the United States and its allies with a top envoy saying there is now a state of « semi-war » on the divided peninsula.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/north-korea-pursue-nuclear-deterence-160401132750285.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-02/korean-peninsula-in-state-of-semiwar-pyongyang-envoy-says/1565136

25 MARCH 2016

US Intel officials: North Korea ‘probably’ has miniaturized nuke

Some U.S. intelligence analysts now believe that North Korea « probably » possesses a miniaturized nuclear warhead, several U.S. officials told CNN.
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/24/politics/north-korea-miniaturized-nuclear-warhead/index.htm

15 MARCH 2016

Korea leader orders nuclear warhead test, missile launches

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has ordered an imminent nuclear warhead explosion test and multiple ballistic missile launches, just weeks after being slapped with tough, new UN sanctions, state media reported Tuesday.
http://english.sina.com/world/2016/0314/898536.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3016254

9 MARCH 2016

North Korea’s Kim says country has miniaturized nuclear warheads

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country has miniaturized nuclear warheads to mount on ballistic missiles and ordered improvements in the power and precision of its arsenal, state media reported on Wednesday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-kim-idUSKCN0WA2QM
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35760797

7 MARCH 2016

North Korea threatens US and S Korea with nuclear strikes

North Korea warned Monday that it would launch a “preemptive and offensive nuclear strike” against South Korea and the United States over their annual military exercises, while Seoul vowed a merciless response against any provocations from the North
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35741936
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015914

4 MARCH 2016

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his country’s military to be ready to use nuclear weapons at ‘any time’

Kim Jong Un has intensified his rhetoric regarding his country’s nuclear weapons arsenal. His commments follow a recent UN vote to impose unprecedented sanctions on Pyongyang
http://www.euronews.com/2016/03/04/kim-jong-un-orders-north-korea-to-ready-nuclear-weapons-for-use-at-any-time/
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-readying-nuclear-weapons-for-use-at-a-moments-notice/a-19093198

2 MARCH 2016

UN slaps North Korea with tough new sanctions

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that significantly expands existing sanctions against North Korea, in response to the country’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/slaps-north-korea-tough-sanctions-160302154647785.html
http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sc12267.doc.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35704273
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160303_05/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/241822871

6 JANUARY 2016

North Korea claims successful ‘hydrogen bomb’ test, world reacts with condemnations and suspicion

North Korea conducted its latest underground nuclear test at 10 am local time on Wednesday, January 6, with state media claiming the device was a « miniaturized » hydrogen bomb detonated on the personal orders of Kim Jong Un just two days before his birthday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/analysis-breaking-north-korea-bomb-test-claim-160106182207672.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/06/asia/north-korea-hydrogen-bomb-test/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-07/north-koreas-hydrogen-bomb-test-draws-global-condemnation-china-urges-denuclearisation/1533192

10 DECEMBER 2015

We have hydrogen bomb, says Kim Jong-un

“Thanks to the historic gun shots fired by our dear leader [Kim Il Sung], our state was able to become a strong nuclear-armed country capable of producing hydrogen bombs alongside atomic bombs in our defense of our sovereignty and integrity,” Kim was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3012652
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35066203

25 NOVEMBER 2015

N.Korea’s Growing Nuclear Potential

A US expert on North Korea says Pyongyang may already have produced more than 10 nuclear weapons – and could vastly expand its nuclear stockpile within five years
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/insideasia/2015112501.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2015

North Korea main nuclear complex is in ‘full operation’ as Pyongyang issues warning to US

North Korea has confirmed suspicions that it has restarted operations at its Yongbyon nuclear plant and threatened to use nuclear weapons against the United States « at any time. »
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11865395/North-Korea-main-nuclear-complex-is-in-full-operation-as-Pyongyang-issues-warning-to-US.html
http://www.nknews.org/2015/09/n-korea-upgrading-nuclear-facilities-in-nyongbyon-kcna/
http://www.euronews.com/2015/09/15/north-korea-restarts-nuclear-fuel-reactor/

21 JULY 2015

North Korea not interested in Iran-like nuke talks with US

North Korea is not interested in an Iran-like dialogue with the United States to give up its nuclear capabilities, the isolated country’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday
http://www.asianewsnet.net/North-Korea-not-interested-in-Iran-like-nuke-talks-78415.html

20 MAY 2015

North Korea says it can miniaturize nuclear weapons

North Korea said Wednesday that it has the ability to miniaturize nuclear weapons, a key step toward building nuclear missiles
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/20/asia/north-korea-nuclear-weapons/index.html

22 APRIL 2015

The Wrong Lessons From North Korea

The case of North Korea clearly exposes the dangers of the United States seeking a nuclear agreement with a state that has no intention of abiding by one. In 2006, North Korea conducted its first nuclear test, and today it is a full-fledged nuclear power. The United States’ experience with North Korea should make it wary of similar nuclear negotiations, especially with Iran.
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/143720/sue-mi-terry-and-max-boot/the-wrong-lessons-from-north-korea

21 MARCH 2015

A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at “any time”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1743986/north-korean-envoy-says-pyongyang-prepared-use-missiles-any-time
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/north-korea-says-can-fire-nuclear-missile-time/
http://www.news.com.au/world/asia/north-korean-envoy-says-they-have-nuclear-missiles-and-is-prepared-to-use-them/story-fnh81fz8-1227272365664

25 FEBRUARY 1915

N.Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020: US experts

North Korea appears poised to expand its nuclear program over the next five years and in a worst case scenario could possess 100 atomic arms by 2020, US researchers warned Tuesday
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/482784/n-korea-may-have-100-atomic-arms-by-2020-us-experts

28 JANUARY 2015

Japan, U.S., S. Korea seek credible denuclearization talks with N. Korea

Nuclear envoys from Japan, the United States and South Korea affirmed Wednesday the importance of holding a « credible dialogue » with North Korea toward its denuclearization, a step that could lead to the resumption of long-stalled six-party talks aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-us-south-korea-seek-denuclearization-talks-north-korea
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-01/28/c_133953848.htm

18 JANUARY 2015

North Korea nuclear chief meets with US negotiators amid standoff

US academics and former senior officials met North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator in Singapore on Sunday, to get a feel for each other’s positions amid a years-long standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons buildup.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/18/north-korea-nuclear-chief-meets-with-us-negotiators
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150118000495

20 NOVEMBER 2014

Pyongyang threatens new nuclear test in response to UN criticism

North Korea has reacted furiously to a United Nations resolution condemning its record on human rights and hinted that it will carry out a new nuclear test.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11242443/Pyongyang-threatens-new-nuclear-test-in-response-to-UN-criticism.html

28 JULY 2014

N. Korean Official Threatens White House Nuclear Strike

A high-ranking North Korean military official has threatened to launch a nuclear strike against the United States, accusing Washington of increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula
http://www.voanews.com/content/korean-official-threatens-white-house-nuclear-strike/1966403.html

12 JULY 2014

N. Korea vows to boost nuclear forces against US threat

North Korea threatened Saturday to strengthen its nuclear forces as a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier prepares to take part in joint military exercises with South Korea and Japan
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korea-vows-boost-nuclear-forces-against-us-threat

3 JULY 2014

China, S. Korea summit pushes North over nuclear weapons

In a joint statement after their talks, the Chinese and South Korean presidents, Xi Jinping and Park Geun-Hye, reaffirmed their « firm opposition » to the development of nuclear weapons on the peninsula, but seemed divided on how best to persuade the North to give up its bombs.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418663/china-s-korea-summit-pushes-north-over-nuclear-weapons
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28139972
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28144980

10 MAY 2014

North Korea renews threat of nuclear test

North Korea renewed a threat on Saturday to conduct a nuclear test amid heightened concern that the reclusive state with a stockpile of missiles may set off an atomic device for the fourth time on the path to building a nuclear arsenal.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-renews-threat-nuclear-test

25 APRIL 2014

Obama warns North Korea of consequences of nuclear test

President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. stands « shoulder to shoulder » with its ally South Korea in refusing to accept a nuclearised North Korea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10786855/Obama-warns-North-Korea-of-consequences-of-nuclear-test.html

12 APRIL 2014

Anti-nuclear states demand N. Korea halts weapons programme

Twelve countries seeking to abolish nuclear weapons on Saturday denounced North Korea’s atomic programme at the close of a meeting in Hiroshima, saying it endangered global stability
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/anti-nuclear-states-demand-n-korea-halts-weapons-programme

30 MARCH 2014

N. Korea vows not to rule out a new nuclear test

North Korea vowed not to rule out a « new form » of nuclear test Sunday after the UN Security Council condemned its latest ballistic missile launch amid simmering tensions over Seoul’s joint military drills with Washington
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402539/n-korea-vows-not-to-rule-out-a-new-nuclear-test
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/30/north-korea-threatens-to-carry-out-more-nuclear-tests/

23 MARCH 2014

Korean and Chinese presidents reaffirm opposition to North Korean nukes

The leaders of South Korea and China on Sunday reaffirmed their opposition to North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons, pledging to work closely together for peninsular denuclearization

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140324000014

24 DECEMBER 2013

N Korea ‘restarting nuclear programme’

Satellite imagery suggests North Korea is making « wide-ranging, extensive » efforts to fully reactivate its main nuclear complex, a US think-tank has said, in line with Pyongyang’s vows to strengthen its weapons programme.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/n-korea-restarting-nuclear-programme-2013122445725815560.html

2 DECEMBER 2013

N. Korea joins int’l satellite organization

North Korea joined the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) convention last month as part of an ongoing effort contribute to the development of maritime transportation and safety, state media said Monday

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131202000298

29 NOVEMBER 2013

Institute: NKorea resumes work at missile site

A U.S. research institute said Friday it has detected a new construction at a North Korean missile launch site which the institute says is being upgraded to handle larger rockets.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/116629/institute-nkorea-resumes-work-at-missile-site/

28 NOVEMBER 2013

IAEA: North Korea May Be Restarting Nuclear Plant

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told the agency’s 35-member board Thursday that North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear complex appears to have re-started its reactor. But the agency says without access to the site, IAEA inspectors cannot draw a definite conclusion

http://www.voanews.com/content/iaea-north-korea-may-be-restarting-nuclear-plant/1799416.html

9 OCTOBER 2013

N. Korea has restarted reactor, says intel chief

South Korea’s spy chief confirms that the North has reactivated its nuclear reactor capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium

http://www.asianewsnet.net/N-Korea-has-restarted-reactor-says-intel-chief-52541.html

4 OCTOBER 2013

More signs of reactivated NK reactor, says think tank

Satellite photos show hot waste water being discharged into a nearby river from a drainpipe at the Yongbyon nuclear complex

http://www.asianewsnet.net/More-signs-of-reactivated-NK-reactor-says-think-ta-52391.html

2 OCTOBER 2013

US, North Korea Meet Over Nuclear Talks Impasse

U.S. experts have met with North Korean officials to discuss resuming stalled international talks about Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Former U.S. special envoy for North Korean policy Stephen Bosworth attended Wednesday’s high level, but informal, meeting at a London hotel, but declined to discuss the talks.
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-south-korea-agree-on-expanded-nuclear-deterrence/1761149.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2013

North Korea ‘has technology to build uranium-based nuclear bombs’

North Korean scientists are thought to have attained the ability to build uranium-based nuclear bombs on their own, cutting the need for imports that had been one of the few ways outsiders could monitor the country’s secretive atomic work.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/24/north-korea-uranium-based-nuclear-bombs

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

A New Type of Major Power Relations on North Korea

Earlier this year it appeared to some that Chinese and U.S. approaches to North Korea were converging. More recently, however, the gap between Beijing and Washington in its policies toward Pyongyang is widening. The absence of effective coordination between the United States and China will undoubtedly work to North Korea’s advantage. In addition, if cooperation on North Korea between the United States and China unravels, it will have a negative impact on their efforts to build a new type of major power relationship.
http://cogitasia.com/a-new-type-of-major-power-relations-on-north-korea/

China: NKorea ready to make nuclear commitment

China’s foreign minister pushed Friday 20 for the restart of international talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, saying that Pyongyang is ready to recommit to the goal of denuclearization.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113667/china-nkorea-ready-to-make-nuclear-commitment/

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

N Korea seeks to restart nuclear talks

North Korea’s senior nuclear strategist has called for a new round of six-nation denuclearisation talks without precondition.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/2013918151542813753.html

http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-calls-for-six-party-talks-without-preconditions/1751954.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2013

Institute: North Korea nuke reactor likely restarting

A recent satellite image appears to show North Korea is restarting a plutonium reactor, in a move that could raise renewed international alarm over its nuclear weapons program, a U.S. research institute said
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/11/20444046-institute-north-korea-nuke-reactor-likely-restarting?lite

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

US, S. Korea Discuss Prospects for N. Korea Nuclear Talks

The top U.S. and South Korean envoys on North Korea have met in Seoul to discuss efforts to denuclearize Pyongyang, as well as a proposal by China for informal talks. Washington says North Korea needs to show it is serious about abandoning its pursuit of nuclear weapons before the United States will resume negotiations.
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-no-talks-with-nkorea-without-commitment-to-denuclearization/1746562.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

China reaffirms ‘clear-cut’ goal of denuclearizing N. Korea

A senior Chinese military official renewed his country’s « clear-cut » goal of ending North Korea’s nuclear program through dialogue during a meeting with South Korean defense officials last week, China’s defense ministry said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130903001063

5 JULY 2013

‘Substantial’ differences with North Korea over nuclear talks: Russia

Russia said on Friday it still had « a number of substantial » differences with North Korea concerning efforts to resume stalled six-party negotiations on the Stalinist state’s nuclear weapons drive.           http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/substantial-differences/735322.html

27 JUNE 2013

Seoul, Beijing Agree on Denuclearized Korean Peninsula

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, agreed at a summit in Beijing Thursday to push for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                  http://www.voanews.com/content/seoul-beijing-agree-on-denuclearized-korean-peninsula/1690379.html                                                                                                                 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130627-432972.html

20 JUNE 2013

S.Korea, US, Japan raise bar for talks with N. Korea

South Korea, the US and Japan on Thursday called on North Korea to demonstrate its sincerity toward dialogue with denuclearisation measures before returning to the negotiating table.                                                         http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-US-Japan-raise-bar-for-talks-with-N-Korea-48207.html

19 JUNE 2013

N. Korea repeats offer for nuclear talks

A top North Korean diplomat repeated an offer for international talks over his country’s disputed nuclear programme during a meeting in China on Wednesday, saying the denuclearisation of the peninsula was the « dying wish » of North Korea’s founder.                                                                                                                                                http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130619-430908.html

9 JUNE 2013

US and China agree to curb nuclear N Korea

The US and China have agreed that they cannot accept a nuclear-armed North Korea and pledged to work closely to end Pyongyang’s weapons programme, a senior US national security official has said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/06/201368222617872259.html                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22828678                                                      http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/99012-obama-and-xi-conclude-summit-ambiguity-on-cyber-remaining/

28 MAY 2013

Six-party soap opera set to restart

Recent talks between China’s President Xi Jinping and Vice Marshall Ch’oe Ryong-hae, North Korea’s special envoy to China, produced a rather unexpected result: North Korea agreed to resume the six-party nuclear talks.  http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/KOR-01-280513.html

25 MAY 2013

China calls on North Korea to enter nuclear talks

A personal envoy to North Korea’s leader indicated Kim Jung Un was open to restarting nuclear disarmament talks, a move that came as China’s leader delivered a blunt message to Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table, Chinese state-run media                                                                                                                                    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/24/world/asia/china-north-korea-nuclear/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

15 MAY 2013

North Korea sanctions delaying nuclear programme, says UN report

International sanctions have curtailed North Korea’s ability to push ahead with its nuclear weapons programme, according to a UN report, but doubts remain about how far China will go in implementing UN resolutions passed in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests.                                                                                                                                                                                     http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/15/north-korea-sanctions-un-report                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135155217257365.html

3 MAY 2013

Pentagon: North Korea moving closer to developing nuke that can hit U.S.

North Korean advances in nuclear technology are moving the country closer to its goal of being able to strike the United States with an atomic weapon, according to a new Pentagon report submitted to Congress on Thursday. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/02/18025942-pentagon-north-korea-moving-closer-to-developing-nuke-that-can-hit-us?lite

24 APRIL 2013

Breaking Out the Bush Playbook on Korea

In the current crisis on the Korean peninsula, the Obama administration is virtually repeating the 2004 Bush playbook, one that derailed a successful diplomatic agreement forged by the Clinton administration to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons. http://www.fpif.org/articles/breaking_out_the_bush_playbook_on_korea

24 APRIL 2013

North Korea: Radioactive gases ‘consistent with’ nuclear test detected

Global tracking stations record isotopes thought to have been released by underground detonation at Punggye-ri in February http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/24/north-korea-nuclear-radiation

23 APRIL 2013

North Korea demands recognition as nuclear state

North Korea renewed its demand Tuesday for recognition as a nuclear power, saying it was a pre-requisite for the start of any dialogue with the United States.                                                                                                                                    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-demands-recognition-as-nucle/649184.html               http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10011861/North-Korea-demands-it-is-recognised-as-nuclear-weapons-state.html

15 APRIL 2013

US recovery of North Korean satellite exposed nuclear progress

The US recovered the front section of the rocket used in North Korea’s satellite launch in December, which gave away the status of the regime’s nuclear arms programme, writes Eli Lake of the Daily Beast                                                                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/the-daily-beast/9995514/US-recovery-of-North-Korean-satellite-exposed-nuclear-progress.html

14 APRIL 2013

US calls on N Korea to negotiate

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called on Pyongyang to go back to the negotiating table as he told Japan the United States would protect it from North Korea’s threats.                                                              http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-committed-to-defend/638226.html                                                                               http://www.france24.com/en/20130414-usa-south-north-korea-nuclear-china-kerry-defence                                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22141550

13 APRIL 2013

US, China agree on ‘nuclear-free Korea’ push

US Secretary of State John Kerry and China’s foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi said Saturday that both countries are committed to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a « peaceful manner » following talks in Beijing.                                                                                          http://www.france24.com/en/20130413-usa-china-committed-nuclear-free-korean-peninsula-north-south-kerry                                                                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22131316                                                             http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/13/north-korea-south-kim-missiles             http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04/13/john-kerry-gets-china-commitment-to-help-rid-north-korea-of-nuclear-weapons/

2 APRIL 2013

Analysts Downplay North Korean Nuclear Threats

Analysts say it is too soon to tell how North Korea’s decision to resume operations at a shuttered plutonium nuclear reactor and further uranium enrichment will impact Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program                                                                                                            http://www.voanews.com/content/analysts-downplay-north-korean-nuclear-threats/1633098.html

2 APRIL 2013

North Korea says it plans to restart shuttered nuclear reactor

After weeks of hurling threats at the United States and its allies, North Korea announced Tuesday it will restart a nuclear reactor it had shut more than five years ago.                                                                                         http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/02/world/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html?hpt=ias_c1            http://asiancorrespondent.com/103974/north-korea-vows-to-restart-nuclear-facilities/                  http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-to-restart-yongbyon-nuclear-reactor/1633003.html

1 APRIL 2013

The Next Korean War

As North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un issues increasingly over-the-top threats — including intimations that he might launch nuclear strikes against the United States — officials in Washington have sought to reassure the public and U.S. allies. North Korea, they say, may initiate cyberattacks or other limited provocations, but the leaders in Pyongyang wish to survive, so they are highly unlikely to do anything as foolhardy as using nuclear weapons.                                                                     http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139091/keir-a-lieber-and-daryl-g-press/the-next-korean-war

31 MARCH 3013

N Korea vows to ‘strengthen nuclear weapons’

North Korea has pledged to strengthen its nuclear weapons programme, a day after announcing it is in a « state of war » with South Korea, as the region remains tense amid a military build-up by both North and South Korea.                   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013331122717842211.html                             http://www.voanews.com/content/north-koreas-kim-vows-to-launch-more-satellites/1632038.html                                                                                                                  http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/31/17539256-north-korea-nukes-are-our-countrys-life?lite

28 MARCH 2013

US deploys bombers amid Korea tensions

The United States has deployed two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over South Korea as part of a « deterrence » mission over the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013327151221264924.html                                                      http://www.voanews.com/content/us-sends-b2-bombers-over-korean-peninsula/1630176.html

9 MARCH 2013

North Korea rejects UN demands, vows to become ‘nuclear weapons state

North Korea formally rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that demands an end to its nuclear arms program, signaling it would defy international sanctions and pursue its goal of becoming a full-fledged nuclear weapons state. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/08/17242007-north-korea-rejects-un-demands-vows-to-become-nuclear-weapons-state?lite

China Says It Won’t Forsake North Korea, Despite Support for U.N. Sanctions

China’s foreign minister said Saturday that Beijing would not abandon North Korea, reiterating China’s longstanding position that dialogue, not sanctions, is the best way to persuade the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.                   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/world/asia/china-says-it-will-not-abandon-north-korea.html?ref=asia&_r=0                                                      http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-foreign-minister-says-sanctions-not-solution-to-north-korea/1618337.html

7 MARCH 2013

U.N. Security Council Passes New Sanctions on North Korea

The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation.                                                                                                                               http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/08/world/asia/north-korea-warns-of-pre-emptive-nuclear-attack.html?ref=asia&_r=0                http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/sc10934.doc.htm                                                                                                   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133710449989855.html

North Korea threatens nuclear strike against US

North Korea accuses the US of preparing to « light a fuse for a nuclear war » and says it may launch a pre-emptive attack. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9915491/North-Korea-threatens-nuclear-strike-against-US.html

5 MARCH

US, China Agree on N. Korea Sanctions

U.N. diplomats say the United States and China have reached a tentative deal on new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, as Pyongyang threatened to disregard the armistice that ended its 1950 to 1953 war with South Korea                   http://www.voanews.com/content/un-security-council-to-discuss-north-korea-sanctions/1615283.html              http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1258063/1/.html

4 MARCH 2013

Russia shows little concern over North Korean nukes (for now)

The danger emanating from the DPRK’s nuclear and missile programs is perceived in very different ways by the key players in Northeast Asia. Whereas Seoul, Washington and Tokyo are extremely worried and want to impose harsher sanctions on the recalcitrant regime, Beijing and Moscow are obviously not ready to act tough on Pyongyang, even while showing some concern.                                                                                                     http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/03/russia-shows-little-concern-over-north-korean-nukes-for-now/

3 MARCH 2013

Shifting emphasis: Beijing’s reactions to North Korea nuclear test

Beijing’s policy on North Korea has always been a balance between two objectives: stability and denuclearisation. Beijing desires stability in the Korean Peninsula because it believes that a stable and friendly North Korea is in China’s long-term strategic interest. But similarly, China does not want a nuclear-armed North Korea, also for strategic and practical reasons.                                                                                                                          http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/03/shifting-emphasis-beijings-reactions-to-north-korea-nuclear-test/

18 FEBRUARY 2013

EU agrees new sanctions against North Korea after nuclear test

The European Union agreed a raft of new sanctions on Monday against North Korea in retaliation for the country’s nuclear test last week http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1254987/1/.html

15 FEBRUARY 2013

North Korea may stage two more nuclear tests this year, source says

North Korea has told its key ally China that it is prepared to stage one or two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks, a source said.                                                                                                         http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/15/north-korea-more-nuclear-tests                                                                                                                              http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20130216-402415.html

13 FEBRUARY 2013

China calls in North Korean ambassador over nuke test

China’s foreign minister called North Korea’s ambassador in for a dressing-down and demanded his country cease making further threats, in a show of Beijing’s displeasure over its ally’s latest nuclear test.                                                                                http://asiancorrespondent.com/97340/china-calls-in-nkorean-ambassador-over-nuke-test/                                                                                                              http://www.rfa.org/english/east-asia-beat/china-02132013015542.html

12 FEBRUARY 2013

North Korea confirms ‘successful’ nuclear test

North Korea has confirmed that it has carried out its third nuclear test, after international monitors detected seismic activity close to the nation’s nuclear test site.                                                                                                    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9864069/North-Korea-confirms-successful-nuclear-est.html                                                                                                                                     http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/12/north-korea-confirms-third-nuclear-missile-test/                                                                                                  http://www.asianewsnet.net/North-Korea-conducts-3rd-nuclear-test-42642.html

8 FEBRUARY 2013

‘China unlikely to succeed in dissuading Pyongyang from nuke test’

While the Chinese government has reportedly been engaged in painstaking efforts to persuade North Korea to forgo its planned nuclear test, most analysts say such efforts will fall eventually upon deaf ears                       http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/02/485_130264.html

6 FEBRUARY 2013

China should not fear NK disputes

It’s widely predicted that North Korea will soon conduct another nuclear test. Sino-North Korean relations now face a new challenge to maintain the traditional bonds of friendship.                                                                                                                  http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/760434.shtml                                                                                                         http://www.voanews.com/content/nuclear-test-north-korea-china/1598585.html

5 FEBRUARY 2013

Five things to know about North Korea’s planned nuclear test

North Korea’s plans for a new nuclear test, like most things that happen inside the reclusive state, are shrouded in mystery. But that’s not stopping analysts and officials from making some informed guesses about what’s going on. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/05/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-test-explainer/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

Kerry warns of punishment for North Korea nuclear test

New U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his South Korean counterpart have agreed to make sure North Korea is punished if it carries out its threat to conduct a nuclear test. Amid signs that such a test is coming, South Korea’s president also speculated that Pyongyang may detonate multiple atomic devices simultaneously.                                                                                                                  http://asiancorrespondent.com/96947/kerry-warns-of-punishment-for-nkorea-nuclear-test/

1 FEBRUARY 2013

North Korea’s Nuclear Needs

North Korea, which might have been inclined to remain a non-nuclear power twenty years ago, now seems determined to develop its nuclear weapons capability despite world condemnation, says expert Victor Cha, who served as director of Asian Studies for the National Security Council under former president George W. Bush.                                                                                                                                      http://www.cfr.org/north-korea/north-koreas-nuclear-needs/p29907?cid=rss-analysisbriefbackgroundersexp-north_korea’s_nuclear_needs-020113

28 JANUARY 2013

Resolve the North Korean nuclear issue

Given the turmoil in the Middle East and South Asia and the tension in East Asia, success in resolving the North Korea nuclear issue is needed and still could be within reach, despite North Korea’s harsh response to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution condemning it for the missile launch in December.                                                                                                  http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/OA29Dg01.html

24 JANUARY 2013

North Korea plans nuclear test and says rocket programme is targeted at US

North Korea has said it planned to carry out a third nuclear test and more rocket launches aimed at its « arch-enemy » the US, two days after the UN condemned its rocket launch.                                                                                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131244504577116.html                            http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/24/north-korea-nuclear-rocket-us                             http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/23/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-test/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

23 JANUARY 2013

Pyongyang tells UN, it will pursue its nuclear programme

UN Security Council votes unanimously (China included) to boost sanctions against the Stalinist regime for pursuing its rocket programme. For Pyongyang, the decision is undemocratic and unrealistic; denuclearisation will come when the whole world does it. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pyongyang-tells-UN,-it-will-pursue-its-nuclear-programme-26944.html                                                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9819976/North-Korea-vows-to-strengthen-nuclear-programme-after-UN-sanctions.html

21 DECEMBER 2012

North Korea ‘has constructed multiple uranium enrichment facilities’

Satellite imagery has confirmed the fears of Washington and Seoul that North Korea has constructed multiple uranium enrichment facilities around the country.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9761711/North-Korea-has-constructed-multiple-uranium-enrichment-facilities.html

31 AUGUST 2012

North Korea vows to expand nuclear deterrent

North Korea on Friday vowed to expand and modernise its nuclear deterrent « beyond imagination » unless the United States changes its policy towards the communist nation.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1223255/1/.html

22 AUGUST 2012

Satellite shows North Korea’s progress on nuclear reactor

North Korea has put a dome on a light-water reactor it is building, a key step towards completing a plant that could be used to support its nuclear weapons programme, a leading defence journal said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9491451/Satellite-shows-North-Koreas-progress-on-nuclear-reactor.html

20 AUGUST 2012

North Korea could have fuel for 48 nuclear weapons by 2015

North Korea will have been able to build as many as 48 nuclear weapons by 2015 unless the international community is able to make sanctions already imposed on the regime work.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9487574/North-Korea-could-have-fuel-for-48-nuclear-weapons-by-2015.html

20 JULY 2012

North Korea to ‘re-examine’ nuclear issue

North Korea has said it was being forced to « re-examine » its nuclear programme because of fresh signs the US remains hostile towards the country, indicating it will step up defiant efforts to boost its nuclear arsenal. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201272011434388132.html

12 JULY 2012

North Korea says it needs weaponry to defend against US nuclear threat

North Korea has claimed that it needs atomic weaponry to defend itself from a constant threat of US nuclear attack and that Pyongyang would never give up its right to a « peaceful space programme ». http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9395729/North-Korea-says-it-needs-weaponry-to-defend-against-US-nuclear-threat.html

2 JUNE 2012

China must not let N.Korea go nuclear

North Korea has proclaimed itself as a nuclear state in its amended constitution. Washington and Seoul have dismissed the claim, saying that they would not recognize North Korea as a nuclear power. China should not join the two and help them exert pressure on North Korea. However, it is also necessary for China to criticize North Korea’s latest move and oppose its intention to legalize its nuclear status http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/712600/China-must-not-let-NKorea-go-nuclear.aspx

31 MAY 2012

North Korea proclaims itself a nuclear state in new constitution

North Korea proclaimed itself a « nuclear state » this week following a revision of its constitution earlier this year http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/31/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-constitution/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

22 MAY 2012

N Korea vows to boost nuclear ‘deterrent’ amid US pressure

North Korea has warned that it will bolster its nuclear programme and take unspecified counter-measures unless the US eases diplomatic pressure on it
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18160986

17 MAY 2012

Satellite image suggests North Korea may have resumed work on reactor

North Korea has resumed work on the construction of a reactor that could help it push forward its nuclear weapons program, according to an academic group’s analysis of a recent satellite image http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/17/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

16 APRIL 2012

N. Korea says it will not allow IAEA inspectors / Bilateral accord with U.S. likely to be called off

North Korea has defiantly said it will not allow International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to monitor its uranium enrichment activities in response to the United States’ statement that it will call off food aid to the country, diplomatic sources said Monday 16
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/world/T120416004900.htm

13 APRIL 2012

The following is a partial timeline of the North Korean nuclear saga:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/04/hold-a-short-history-of-the-north-korean-nuclear-saga.html

9 APRIL 2012

Tunnel linked to looming North Korea nuclear test? South Korea thinks so

Recent satellite images show North Korea is digging a new underground tunnel in what appears to be preparation for a third nuclear test, according to South Korean intelligence officials. The excavation at North Korea’s northeast Punggye-ri site, where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009, is in its final stages, according to a report by intelligence officials
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/09/11094985-tunnel-linked-to-looming-north-korea-nuclear-test-south-korea-thinks-so?lite

13 MARCH 2012

N. Korea asks U.S. to open liaison offices / Official say U.S. must alter ‘hostile stance’

North Korea’s chief envoy for the six-party talks on the nation’s nuclear development program has called on the United States to open a liaison office in both countries’ capital cities, according to sources familiar with the matter
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/world/T120312005660.htm

29 FEBRUARY 1012

North Korea to suspend nuclear programme

North Korea has agreed to stop nuclear tests, uranium enrichment and long-range missile launches and to allow nuclear inspectors to visit its Yongbyon nuclear complex to verify the moratorium has been enforced http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201222915936296108.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/world/asia/us-says-north-korea-agrees-to-curb-nuclear-work.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1693555.php/North-Korea-agrees-to-nuclear-moratorium http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-17208755

25 FEBRUARY 2012

North Korea Stance on Nuclear Plan Unchanged

North Korea said that “nuclear weapons are not the monopoly of the United States,” a day after an American special envoy reported after two days of talks with North Korean officials that there was little change in their negotiating style on their nuclear programs under a new leadership taking shape in Pyongyang http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/world/asia/north-korea-stance-on-nuclear-plan-unchanged.html?_r=1&ref=asia

23 FEBRUARY 2012

US and North Korea resume nuclear talks

Envoys from the United States and North Korea have met in Beijing for their first talks on dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear programme since the death of Kim Jong-il, the country’s long-time leader
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/24/world/asia/us-and-north-korean-officials-meet-for-talks-in-china.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201222354626464321.html

13 FEBRUARY 2013

US and North Korea to hold nuclear talks in Beijing

US and North Korean officials will meet on 23 February in Beijing to discuss Pyongyang’s controversial nuclear programme, the US state department says
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17017179 http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/13/10397615-us-says-it-will-hold-nuke-talks-with-north-korea

25 OCTOBER 2011

No  agreement but US has ‘positive’ talks with North Korea

The US and North Korea have failed to reach a deal on resuming international negotiations on the North’s nuclear programme, after two days of talks.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15424869
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/10/20111025141612955851.html

24 OCTOBER  2011

North Korea and US nuclear talks begin in Geneva

The US and North Korea are holding direct talks in Geneva over restarting stalled nuclear negotiations. Six-party discussions involving North and South Korea, China, Russia, Japan and the US broke down in April 2009 when North Korea walked out.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15424869
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/24/world/asia/us-north-korea-meeting/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
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