US - Korea
Chronology from Oct 2001 to Dec 2001
: South Korean military lifts the high-alert status of its forces put in effect after the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks in the U.S.
: F-15 fighters deployed to Korea in October will reportedly be returning to the U.S. in December.
: Visiting U.S. official to Seoul indicates U.S. interest in a U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
: U.S. Forces, Korea reportedly plans to use the Yongsan Army base as a new “hub,” despite some calls for relocation away from the center of Seoul.
: Reports surface that the U.S. has proposed a visit by State Dept. Coordinator Jack Pritchard to Pyongyang.
: Korean Defense Ministry backs U.S. plan to build large apartment complex at Yongsan Army base, despite protests.
: U.S. and South Korea hold high-level consultation over relocation of the Yongsan Army base, also discussing controversial U.S. planss to build new housing.
: EU indicates that North Korea is willing to sign five more anti-terror international agreements.
: U.S. recommends tariff on steel imports, including those from South Korea.
: Bank of Korea estimates economic growth of 3.9 percent in 2002.
: FAA upgrades South Korea’s aviation safety rating after Korea revises laws and regulations in accordance with international standards.
: KEDO and North Korea sign agreement on quality assurance and warranties for two light-water reactors.
: On the arrival of KEDO Executive Director Charles Kartman, Pyongyang agrees to open a nuclear laboratory to international inspection.
: U.S. reaffirms it will provide humanitarian assistance to North Korea. Ambassador Hubbard reiterates Washington’s readiness to resume talks with North Korea.
: North and South Korea exchange gunfire at the DMZ.
: President Bush demands North Korea accept inspection of its suspected programs for producing weapons of mass destruction and halt missile sales.
: At a trilateral meeting, South Korea, Japan, and the U.S. reconfirm their support for the 1994 Agreed Framework.
: Bank of Korea reports South Korean economy grew 1.8 percent in third quarter.
: South Korea and European Union agree to cooperate in resisting U.S. steel quotas.
: At a Geneva conference, U.S. Under Secretary John Bolton accuses North Korea of developing biological weapons. In Washington, D.C., Asst. Secretary of State James Kelly says U.S. is still “hopeful” for resumption of dialogue with North Korea.
: At annual U.S.-Korea Security Consultative Meeting, the U.S. requests that South Korea buy Boeing fighters.
: North and South Korea break off talks without agreement; North Korea accuses the South of heightening tensions through anti-terror measures.
: North Korea ratifies UN anti-terrorism treaty.
: South Korea and the U.S. announce the postponement of their joint “Foal Eagle” military exercise until spring 2002.
: North Korea demands the U.S. remove it from the U.S. list of nations that suppress religious freedom.
: Ambassador Hubbard urges North Korea to join the U.S. and the international coalition in the war against terrorism.
: Ambassador Hubbard calls for South Korea to improve trade balance with the U.S.
: U.S. says foreign steel exporters including South Korea committed trade violations. North Korea says President Bush’s criticism of Kim Jong-il was “imprudent.”
: President Bush and President Kim Dae-jung meet at the Shanghai APEC conference.
: President Bush warns North Korea not to take advantage of U.S. involvement in the Afghanistan conflict.
: North Korea postpones family reunions citing South Korea’s security alert following terrorist attacks in the U.S.
: Seoul announces it will send 450 non-combatants on medical and transport missions to assist U.S. efforts in Afghanistan.
: Seoul expresses full support for U.S. military attacks against terrorists in Afghanistan.
: At the UN, North Korea expresses regret for terrorist attacks on U.S.