Chronologies

US - Korea

Chronology from Jan 2004 to Mar 2004


: Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Sue C. Payton visits South Korea.

: Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Sue C. Payton visits South Korea.

: U.S. accuses North Korea of seeking to sell missiles to Myanmar.

:   U.S. accuses North Korea of seeking to sell missiles to Myanmar.

: South Korea stresses that there is no disagreement between Seoul and Washington over plans to send 3,000 ROK troops to Iraq; explains the two sides agreed to change the dispatch location because of concern about the security situation in Kirkuk.

:   South Korea stresses that there is no disagreement between Seoul and Washington over plans to send 3,000 ROK troops to Iraq; explains the two sides agreed to change the dispatch location because of concern about the security situation in Kirkuk.

: North Korea cancels rapprochement talks with South Korea for the second time in a week, this time to protest ongoing U.S.-ROK joint military exercises.

: U.S. and South Korea hold joint military training exercises SOI and Foal Eagle amid unresolved tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

: North Korea cancels rapprochement talks with South Korea for the second time in a week, this time to protest ongoing U.S.-ROK joint military exercises.

: U.S. and South Korea hold joint military training exercises SOI and Foal Eagle amid unresolved tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

: ROK halts plans to deploy forces to Kirkuk, Iraq. Government official states the ROK will eventually dispatch the troops, but only after finding a safer location.

: President George W. Bush delivers his White House address on the first anniversary of war in Iraq; recognizes Japan’s and the ROK’s historic troop commitments to help bring peace to Iraq.

: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage acknowledges the importance of ROK’s cooperation with the U.S. in the war against terror; considers ROK’s generous financial contributions, military support and decision to dispatch 3,000 additional troops to Iraq as very significant commitments.

:   ROK halts plans to deploy forces to Kirkuk, Iraq. Government official states the ROK will eventually dispatch the troops, but only after finding a safer location.

:   President George W. Bush delivers his White House address on the first anniversary of war in Iraq; recognizes Japan’s and the ROK’s historic troop commitments to help bring peace to Iraq.

: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage acknowledges the importance of ROK’s cooperation with the U.S. in the war against terror; considers ROK’s generous financial contributions, military support and decision to dispatch 3,000 additional troops to Iraq as very significant commitments.

: DPRK accuses the U.S. of instigating the impeachment of South Korean President Roh.

: DPRK accuses the U.S. of instigating the impeachment of South Korean President Roh.

: Pyongyang denounces the State Department’s recent report, which charges the DPRK with being involved in state-sponsored drug smuggling, as another political plot by the U.S. against North Korea.

: Pyongyang denounces the State Department’s recent report, which charges the DPRK with being involved in state-sponsored drug smuggling, as another political plot by the U.S. against North Korea.

: FM Ban warns North Korea not to use impeachment of President Roh as pretext to stall on moving ahead with six-party working groups.

: U.S. aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk arrives at Pusan port to participate in U.S-ROK joint military exercises.

: FM Ban warns North Korea not to use impeachment of President Roh as pretext to stall on moving ahead with six-party working groups.

:   U.S. aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk arrives at Pusan port to participate in U.S-ROK joint military exercises.

: New York Times reports Pakistan’s Khan Research Laboratories provided North Korea with all necessary equipment to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.

: New York Times reports Pakistan’s Khan Research Laboratories provided North Korea with all necessary equipment to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.

: Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge meets interim President Goh Kun; U.S. and South Korean defense officials confirm U.S.-South Korea alliance.

: Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge meets interim President Goh Kun; U.S. and South Korean defense officials confirm U.S.-South Korea alliance.

: National Assembly impeaches President Roh.

: National Assembly impeaches President Roh.

: FM Ban meets with Secretary Powell to discuss North Korea-related issues.

: FM Ban meets with Secretary Powell to discuss North Korea-related issues.

: Six-party talks end in Beijing with agreement to meet again by the end of June and to form working groups to facilitate greater progress.

: Six-party talks end in Beijing with agreement to meet again by the end of June and to form working groups to facilitate greater progress.

: U.S., South Korea, and Japan hold trilateral talks in Seoul, in advance of upcoming six-party talks.

: U.S., South Korea, and Japan hold trilateral talks in Seoul, in advance of upcoming six-party talks.

: South Korean Unification Minister Jeong calls for more U.S. flexibility at upcoming six-party talks.

: South Korean Unification Minister Jeong calls for more U.S. flexibility at upcoming six-party talks.

: South Korean FM Ban calls on North Korea to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities.

: South Korean FM Ban calls on North Korea to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities.

: National Assembly approves dispatch of 3,000 South Korean troops to Iraq. U.S. and South Korean military officials meet in Seoul to discuss transfer of U.S. forces out of Yongsan Army Base.

: National Assembly approves dispatch of 3,000 South Korean troops to Iraq. U.S. and South Korean military officials meet in Seoul to discuss transfer of U.S. forces out of Yongsan Army Base.

: Seoul provisionally suspends import of U.S. poultry because of reported bird-flu cases.

: Seoul provisionally suspends import of U.S. poultry because of reported bird-flu cases.

: North Korea says new round of six-party talks will begin Feb. 25 in Beijing.

: North Korea says new round of six-party talks will begin Feb. 25 in Beijing.

: Assistant Secretary Kelly visits Seoul and says North-South talks assist the progress of the six-party talks.

: Assistant Secretary Kelly visits Seoul and says North-South talks assist the progress of the six-party talks.

: South Korea tells U.S. government delegation it will maintain its ban on imported U.S. beef due to concern about “mad-cow disease.”

: TCOG meeting in Washington. U.S., South Korea, and Japan reach agreement on pressing North Korea to agree to nuclear inspections at the six-party talks.  International Institute for Strategic Studies says North Korea could complete uranium enrichment program in two years and begin producing 5 to 13 nuclear bombs per year.

: U.S. and South Korean defense officials reach agreement on the relocation of U.S. troops to Pyong-taek and the return of Yongsan Army Base to South Korea by the end of 2007.

: Roh appoints veteran diplomat Ban Ki-moon as foreign minister; departing Minister Yoon calls for “balance” in South Korea’s foreign policy.

: Roh appoints veteran diplomat Ban Ki-moon as foreign minister; departing Minister Yoon calls for “balance” in South Korea’s foreign policy.

: President Roh accepts resignation of Foreign Minister Yoon Young-kwan.

: North shows its “nuclear deterrent” to visiting unofficial delegation of U.S. experts.

: South Korean Foreign Ministry expresses “regret” over U.S. move to put South Korea on “priority watch list” for intellectual property rights violations.

: South Korean Foreign Ministry expresses “regret” over U.S. move to put South Korea on “priority watch list” for intellectual property rights violations.

: North Korea in “bold concession” to U.S. offers not to test or produce nuclear weapons and to freeze its nuclear facilities.

: North Korea in “bold concession” to U.S. offers not to test or produce nuclear weapons and to freeze its nuclear facilities.

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