24 Feb 2005 The South
Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) admits that
the DPRK in 1998 launched a satellite with a Taepodong-1
missile, and not a long-range missile as the previous
assessment was. The NIS also states the DPRK has not
yet build a highly-enriched uranium factory to produce
HEU-based weapons, lacking key equipment.
24 Feb 2005 The DPRK
and the KEDO consortium met to discuss the suspended
project of the 2 light-water reactors. KEDO hoped to
take construction equipment out, but Pyongyang is opposed
to it until the compensation issue for the delayed project
23 Feb 2005 Chinese
envoy returns from Pyongyang and says Kim Jong Il told
him the DPRK is willing to return to the 6-way talks.
10 Feb 2005 The Bush
administration plays down Pyongyang's announcement saying
they have heard it all before, and that the US has suspected
the DPRK to have nuclear weapons since the 1990s. China
says it hopes the 6-way talks will continue. The EU
and Russia regret the DPRK's announcement, and urge
it to return to the negotiating table, and avoid a nuclear
arms race. UN chief Kofi Annan also urges Pyongyang
to resume the 6-way talks and asks the other parties
"to engage North Korea".
10 Feb 2005 The DPRK Foreign
Ministry states that it suspends its participation in the
6-way talks as a reaction to the recent hostile statements
of the US administration. Pyongyang also mentions: "We
had already taken the resolute action of pulling out of the
NPT and have manufactured
nukes for self-defence to cope with the Bush administration's
evermore undisguised policy to isolate and stifle the DPRK.
Its nuclear weapons will remain nuclear deterrent for self-defence
under any circumstances." Read
original KCNA report, which also refers to the "outpost
of tyranny" remark made by Secretary of State Rice,
and to the "liberty and democracy" ideology
of president Bush: "The U.S. now foolishly claims
to stand by the people in the DPRK while negating the government
chosen by the people themselves. We advise the U.S. to negotiate
with dealers in peasant markets it claims they are to its
liking or with representatives of "the organization of
north Korean defectors" on its payroll if it wishes to
hold talks." The next news item describes people
celebrating the Lunar New Year in Pyongyang.
4 Feb 2005 The IAEA says
that it does not rule out that Libya could have obtained its
processed uranium from a country other than the DPRK. The
IAEA stated that Libya received nuclear material from Pakistan,
a key US ally, but has not confirmed a link with the DPRK.
South Korean officials also question the reliability of US
intelligence in this case.
2 Feb 2005 In his State of
the Union address, US president Bush says: "We are working
closely with governments in Asia to convince North Korea to
abandon its nuclear ambitions." As expected, no provocations
that could undermine efforts to restart the 6-ways talks.
Pyongyang reacts that Bush is turning the world into "a
sea of fire" by capitalizing on what the DPRK calls "the
freedom of power."
2 Feb 2005 US intelligence
officials claim they have concluded with near certainty that
it was the DPRK who sold processed uranium to Libya, and not
Pakistan. They admit that the analysis of the uranium had
been hampered by the fact that the US has no sample of known
DPRK uranium for comparison with the Libya material. The study
was done by eliminating other possible sources of uranium.
1 Feb 2005 New US Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice talks with China and South Korea
about the US desire to resume the 6-way talks. Michael Green,
the US National Security Council director for Asia visiting
China and Japan, says the administration has a serious proposal
for the DPRK and is ready to discuss it.
31 Jan 2005 China proposes
working-level 6-way talks to prepare for the 4rd round.
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