The Korean War (1950-1953) officially never really
ended. Major fighting between North Korea and South Korea
(and the South's allies, the United States and the UN),
ended with an armistice signed on July 27, 1953. Over the
50-plus years, numerous border battles, clashes,
incidents, espionage thrillers, assassination attempts,
and terrorist acts have occurred between North and South
Korea, often involving American forces as well.
Since the "end" of the Korean War in 1953, Communist
North Korea has gained a reputation as a rogue state,
ruled by a brutal and paranoid Stalinist dictatorship
that the West cannot trust. Long known as a supplier of
advanced missile and rocket technology to other rogue
regimes and terrorist organizations, North Korea entered
a new phase as a major concern the rest of the world in
2006. On October of that year, North Korea tested its
first nuclear device, and joined the small group of
nuclear-armed nations. Repeated test launches of various
types of missiles also increased the tension in East
Asia. On May 23, 2009, North Korea announced the test
detonation of its second nuclear bomb.
See also: Korean
Border Conflicts (1953-Present)
March 12, 1993--North
Korea announced that it was to withdraw from the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and that North Korea would
not allow international nuclear inspectors access to
North Korean nuclear sites. By 1994, it was estimated
that North Korea had enough reprocessed plutonium to
produce about 10 bombs.
August 31, 1998--North
Korea launched a modified Taepodong-1 missile. North
Korea claimed that this launch was to put a satellite
into orbit. Military and Intelligence analysts believe
that the satellite story was a cover, and that the North
was testing an inter-continental ballistic missile
(ICBM). The missile flew over Japan, prompting the
Japanese government to protest and to cancel a billion
dollar plan to help North Korea build two civilian
light-water nuclear reactors.
February 24, 2003-- North
Korea launches a missile into the sea between South Korea
March 2, 2003--Four North
Korean fighter jets intercept an American reconnaissance
plane in international air space and shadow it for 22
March 10, 2003--North
Korea fires a second missile into the sea between South
Korea and Japan.
May 1, 2005--North Korea
fires a short-range missile into the Sea of Japan.
July 3, 2006--North Korea
issues a threat that it will launch a nuclear strike
against the United States in the event of an American
July 4, 2006--North Korea
test-fires six missiles, including a long-range
July 5, 2006 --North
Korea test-fires a seventh missile.
October 3, 2006--North
Korea announces plans to test a nuclear weapon.
North Korean Nuclear
Test --October 9, 2006--North Korea
conducted its first nuclear test.
April 5, 2009 --North
Korea launches a Kwangmyongsong-2 missile launch fails to
achieve orbit, falling into the Pacific after flying
about 2,000 miles.
North Korean Nuclear
Test --May 23, 2009--North Korea claims to
have conducted its second nuclear test
May 25-27, 2009--North
Korea launches six more short-range missiles into the Sea
May 27, 2009--North Korea
threatened to attack South Korea if ships from the North
are searched as part a U.S.-led effort to stop vessels
suspected of carrying missiles or weapons of mass
destruction. North Korea also declared the truce that
ended the Korean War in 1953 as invalid.
July 2, 2009 --North
Korea launches four short-range missiles into the
July 3, 2009 --North
Korea launches three ballistic Scud or Rodong missiles
into the sea.
October 12, 2009 --North
Korea launches five short-range missiles into the
March/April, 2013 --North
Korea issues threats while the U.S. and South Korea
intensify defensive preparations. Some reports indicate
that China is mobilizing some military forces in
Manchuria across the Yalu River from North Korea.
Korea 'test-fires five rockets'-BBC, October
Test of Ballistic Missiles Is Reported--New
York Times, July 3, 2009
Korea Launches Short-Range Missiles-Voice of
America News, July 2, 2009
Korea Threatens to Attack South:Pyongyang Also Says
Truce Ending War in 1953 Is Invalid--Washington
Post, May 27, 2009
the real threat of N.Korea's nuclear
programme?--Reuters, May 24, 2009
North Korean Nuclear Test--Wikipedia