US - Korea

Chronology from Jul 2003 to Oct 2003

: Officials from the U.S., Japan, and South Korea meet in Tokyo for trilateral meeting on North Korea nuclear issue.

: DPRK describes Secretary Rumsfeld as “politically illiterate” and a “psychopath.”

: Representatives of U.S., China, Russia, South Korea, and Japan meet at United Nations to discuss six-party talks with North Korea; FM Yoon calls for next U.S. proposal at six-party talks to address North Korea’s security concerns.

: Secretary Rumsfeld addresses U.S. and ROK business leaders at the U.S./Korean Business Council Luncheon.

:   A South Korean activist commits suicide in anti-capitalism protest at WTO meeting.

: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawless asks South Korea to send combat troops to Iraq to assist with maintaining security in the country.

: President Bush tells FM Yoon that that he strongly supports multilateral talks with North Korea; South Korea and U.S. finish meeting in Seoul on the relocation of U.S. forces.

: U.S. State Department spokesman expresses satisfaction with the progress made at the multilateral talks with North Korea.

: Leaving Beijing, the North Korean delegate announces it has no need for “these kind of talks” and will not attend in the future.

: Multilateral talks in Beijing end with apparent agreement on new round of talks and on not taking actions to aggravate the pending nuclear crisis.

: South Korean, Japanese, and U.S. officials meet in Washington to plan strategy for multilateral talks; South Korea files complaint with WTO regarding U.S. decision to impose duties on Hynix Corporation

: North Korea demands a legally binding nonaggression pact from the United States.

: South Korean Prime Minister Goh Kun promises to reinforce security around U.S. military installations.

: Radical Korean students disrupt U.S. military exercise on a shooting range near the DMZ.

: U.S. imposes punitive countervailing tariffs as high as 38.74 percent on imports of polyvinyl alcohol from South Korea.

: North Korea agrees to accept six-way multilateral talks with South Korea, the U.S., Japan, China, and Russia.

: Under Secretary of State John Bolton visits South Korea.

: U.S. Forces Korea agrees to pay about $600,000 in disputed water bills to the Korean government.

: President Roh says North Korea can get a “security guarantee” from the U.S. in future multilateral negotiations on the nuclear issue.

: Presidents Bush and Roh agree by phone to keep pushing for multilateral talks on DPRK’s nuclear program.

: U.S. and South Korea agree on transferring Panmunjom military mission to South Korea and on relocating U.S. troops south from Yongsan Army Base in Seoul.

: South Korea announces it will challenge U.S. ruling imposing punitive tariffs on Hynix Corporation at the World Trade Organization.

: South Korean health minister signs memorandum of understanding with U.S. Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate health programs and research.

:   North Korea demands the U.S. drops its “hostile policy” and legally commit itself to a nonaggression pact.

: South Korean Commerce Ministry reports South Korea’s trade surplus with the U.S. fell 35 percent in the first six months of 2003.

: The New York Times reports North Korea has built a second clandestine nuclear plant to reprocess fuel rods.

: Secretary of State Colin Powell says diplomatic track with North Korea is “alive and well” following China’s efforts to broker a negotiating compromise; North and South Korean soldiers exchange rifle fire at the DMZ.

: Former Defense Secretary William Perry says U.S. and North Korea are drifting toward war.

: North Korea says it would regard a U.S. naval blockade as an act of war; South Korean FM Yoon discount’s North Korea’s claim of reprocessing fuel rods.

: WTO declares that U.S. steel safeguard measures imposing tariffs on imported Korean and other steel violate WTO rules.

: North Korean patrol boat briefly violates northern line limit (NLL).

:   ROK National Intelligence Service (NIS) reportedly testifies that the DPRK has reprocessed some number of its spent fuel rods and has tested devices used to trigger atomic explosions.

: North Korea claims in working-level talks with the U.S. that it has reprocessed 8,000 nuclear fuel rods and begun operation of a 4-megawatt reactor.

: U.S. endorses joint South Korea-China statement calling on North Korea to agree to multilateral talks on the nuclear issue.

: Ambassador Thomas Hubbard says it will be difficult for U.S. to move forward with KEDO project due to North Korean violations.

: At the Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG) meeting, U.S., Japan, and South Korea reaffirm multilateral negotiating strategy with North Korea.

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