US - Korea
Chronology from Jul 2005 to Oct 2005
: 2005: Asst. Sec. Hill says the next thing DPRK needs to do is to tell where its nuclear arms facilities are, noting there could be trouble ahead if DPRK refuses to admit to a uranium enrichment program in the next round of talks.
: North Korea declares it will return to the NPT only after receiving a light-water reactor from the U.S.
: The six parties issue a joint statement, based on a Chinese draft, in which North Korea pledges to dismantle its nuclear program and return to the NPT. The U.S. agrees to discuss in the future providing LWRs to North Korea.
: Hill rejects the DPRK’s demand for a LWR as a “non-starter.”
: Ambassador Hill says the U.S. would like to negotiate a peace treaty for the Korean Peninsula if the Six-Party Talks succeed.
: Six-Party Talks resume in Beijing as North Korean envoy Kim Gye-gwan asserts both a right to develop peaceful nuclear energy and a demand for a new light-water reactor (LWR).
: Contradicting Special Envoy Lefkowitz, Secretary Rice says the U.S. does not use humanitarian aid as a political weapon, as a matter of policy.
: Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea Lefkowitz’s tenure begins.
: South Korea pledges $30 million in humanitarian assistance for victims of Katrina; North Korean officials tell U.S. congressmen that Pyongyang intends to keep a peaceful nuclear energy capability.
: North Korean Red Cross expresses sympathy for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
: U.S. Congressmen Jim Leach and Tom Lantos travel to Pyongyang and surrounding areas.
: ROK FM Ban Ki-moon conducts meetings in Washington and reportedly achieves “consensus” with U.S. diplomats on DPRK’s peaceful nuclear energy use issue.
: U.S. official Joseph DeTrani contacts North Korean officials for the third time in a week on Six-Party Talks issues; U.S. and ROK forces begin command and control military exercise called Ulchi Focus Lens.
: Bush administration appoints Jay Lefkowitz as special envoy for human rights to North Korea.
: Unification Minister Chung says North Korea should be permitted to have peaceful nuclear energy if it gives up its nuclear weapons program.
: Six-Party Talks are adjourned for several weeks without adopting a final statement.
: North Korea calls for a peace treaty with the U.S. to replace the 1953 ceasefire agreement.
: In a press conference, North Korean negotiator Kim Gye-gwan says “only one country” opposes North Korea’s right to develop peaceful nuclear energy.
: North Korean Foreign Minister Paek says Pyongyang will rejoin the NPT after the nuclear issue is resolved.
: Fourth round of the Six-Party Talks opens in Beijing.
: President Roh accepts resignation of Ambassador to the U.S. Hong due to Hong’s involvement in an election scandal; prior to opening of Six-Party Talks, U.S. and North Korean delegations hold an informal bilateral meeting.
: Song Min-soon says the “human rights issue is not on the table” in the negotiations.
: President Roh says the U.S. “holds the key” to the success of the Six-Party Talks.
: Secretary Rice in Seoul welcomes South Korean proposal to provide North Korea with 2 million kilowatts of electricity.
: ROK representative to the Six-Party Talks Song Min-soon urges the U.S. to remove security threats to North Korea that allegedly underlie its nuclear weapons program.
: Unification Minister Chung says North Korea has a right to develop peaceful nuclear energy under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).
: At a Beijing meeting, North Korean Ambassador Kim Gye-gwan informs U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill that the DPRK will return to the Six-Party Talks.