US - Korea

Chronology from Jan 2014 to May 2014

: President Obama visits the Republic of Korea.

: Washington hosts the US-Japan-Republic of Korea Defense Trilateral Talks.

: President Obama extends condolences to the families of the victims of the sinking of the ferry Sewol.

: UN Security Council meets to discuss human rights violations outlined in the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea. Russia and China do not attend.

: USS Bonhomme Richard responds to the sinking of the ferry Sewol near Jindo Island off Korea’s southwest coast.

: Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Robert King addresses Ewha Womans University students.

: Washington hosts the US-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral Meeting among senior working level representatives.

: South Korea tests 500 km range missile and promises an 800 km range option.

: North Korea fires more than 100 artillery rounds into South Korean waters. South Korea responds with more than 300 rounds into North Korean waters.

: Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, USFK Commander, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

: President Obama hosts President Park and Prime Minister Abe for a trilateral meeting at The Hague, on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit. North Korea launches more short range and mid-range missiles in show of displeasure.

: UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) releases full report on DPRK human rights violations.

: UN Panel Report to the UN Security Council on North Korea Sanctions is released.

: US Department of Defense releases a report to Congress arguing that the execution of Jang Song Thaek will have little impact on Kim Jung Un’s rule or defense policy.

: Korea-US Economic Council holds Board of Directors and Regular Meeting crediting the KORUS FTA for expanding exports.

: US Seventh Fleet’s flagship USS Blue Ridge arrives as part of Key Resolve, and Yonhap reports nuclear submarine USS Columbus arriving in Busan, which USFK did not acknowledge.

: Key Resolve exercises aimed at strengthening ROK-US readiness are held.

: Foal Eagle joint and combined field exercises take place. The DPRK begins a series of missile launches.

: Inter-Korean reunions held at Kumgang-san.

: UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) releases report outline on DPRK human rights violations.

: Secretary of State John Kerry visits Asia with stops in Seoul, Beijing, and Jakarta to meet senior government officials to discuss bilateral, regional, and global issues.

: Congressional Research Service (CRS) releases U.S.-South Korean Relations report.

: South Korea and the US hold their first working-level meeting on cyber security to discuss ways to develop joint cyber warfare capabilities and an emergency response system.

: Arms Control Association releases detailed update of the Chronology of U.S.-North Korean Nuclear and Missile Diplomacy, tracing developments from 1985-2013.

: US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies visits China, South Korea, and Japan to discuss North Korea policy.

: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body establishes a panel on US anti-dumping and countervailing measure on Korean washers.

: US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns visits South Korea, China, and Japan to discuss, bilateral, regional, and global issues.

: North Korea’s Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland says that USFK joint military exercises Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills are tantamount to a declaration of “full-scale nuclear war” and “if carried out, will fatally destroy the inter-Korean relations and trigger unimaginable calamities and disasters.”

: South Korea and US hold preliminary bilateral discussions in Washington on possibility of South Korea participating in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

: US announces the deployment of an additional mechanized infantry battalion equipped with tanks and armored infantry fighting vehicles to Korea.

: US and South Korea hold ninth round of talks on replace of the 1974 treaty on civil nuclear cooperation.

: In her first press conference of the year, President Park Geun-hye states that “in a nutshell, I think unification would be the jackpot.”

: South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se visits Washington and meets Secretary of Defense Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry.

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