US - Korea

Chronology from Jul 2007 to Oct 2007

: Second Session of the Sixth Round of the Six Party Talks is held in Beijing. Delegates agree to a joint statement that requires North Korea to report and disable three nuclear facilities by Dec. 31, 2007.

: Upon arrival in Beijing for the Six-Party Talks, Kim Kye-Gwan denounces “lunatic reports” of North Korean nuclear assistance to Syria.

: Several news sources report that a Sept. 6 Israeli attack inside Syria was on what Israeli intelligence believes was a nuclear-related facility that North Korea was helping to equip.

: U.S. and South Korea discuss peace treaty for Korean Peninsula.

: President Bush reaffirms willingness to sign peace treaty for Korean Peninsula provided North Korea fully dismantles its nuclear program.

: Nuclear experts from Russia, China, and the U.S. visit North Korea to survey nuclear facilities and recommend ways to disable them.

: Presidents Roh and Bush meet at APEC.

: U.S. denies agreeing to remove North Korea from terrorism list.

: North Korea reports that the U.S. has agreed to remove North Korea from terrorism list.

: Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung visits the U.S. to discuss Korean issues with U.S. officials.

: Six-Party Talks Working Group on U.S.-North Korea bilateral relations meets in Geneva.

: U.S. confirms that U.S.-South Korea trade agreement will not be re-opened and renegotiated, but outstanding issues on beef will need to be resolved before U.S. Congressional approval.

: South Korea and Taliban insurgents reach agreement on the release of 19 Koreans held hostage in Afghanistan. The agreement calls for the release of all hostages beginning Aug. 29 in return for removal of all South Korean military forces by the end of 2007, ending all missionary work in Afghanistan, and banning all travel by Koreans to the country.

: South Korea government resumes inspections of U.S. beef shipments.

: South Korea’s financial regulator requests approval for new KOSPI 200 futures index from the U.S.

: U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise, Ulchi Focus Lens, begins.

: South Korea gives Tong-il Medal, South Korea’s most valuable military decoration, to U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Peter Pace.

: U.S. signs into law the visa waiver program with South Korea.

: U.S. House of Representatives approves resolution condemning Japan’s sexual enslavement of women during WWII, some of whom were Korean, and urges Japan to apologize.

: South Korea announces it plans to issue e-passports as part of visa waiver program.

: U.S. calls for immediate release of South Korean hostages in Afghanistan, but affirms that it doesn’t negotiate with terrorists.

: First Session of the Sixth Round of Six-Party Talks resumes in Beijing after a four-month recess.

: South Korea and U.S. agree to provide political incentives for North Korea as part of denuclearization of the North.

: North Korea states that it has shut down its Yongbyon nuclear facility after receiving the first shipment of heavy fuel oil on July 13. IAEA verifies the shutdown on July 16.

: North Korean Lt Gen. Ri Chan-bok, who heads the North`s mission at Panmunjom, announces “Pyongyang wants direct military talks with Washington in the presence of a United Nations representative any place and any time.”

: UN inspectors head to Pyongyang to verify shutdown of North Korean’s Yongbyon nuclear facility.

: North Korea proposes bilateral talks with U.S. to replace armistice that ended Korean War in 1953.

: South Korea sends 1st shipment of 6,200 tons of fuel oil (of a total of 50,000 tons), to North Korea.

: South Korea’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Song Min-soon says South Korea should tie denuclearization of North Korea to the end of the Korean War.

: At a forum in Seoul, Gen. Burwell Bell, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, comments that North Korea remains a threat despite its move toward dismantling their nuclear program.

: U.S. President Bush pledges to include South Korea in visa waiver program with U.S.

: U.S. and South Korea rename military drills from RSOI (Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, Integration) to “Key Resolve.

: Bush and Roh agree to hold summit on sidelines of UN in September.

: Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visits Pyongyang and meets with Kim Jong-il.

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