The following is a chronology of the events surrounding North Korea’s missile program:
May 29, 1993 — North Korea test-fires a midrange Nodong ballistic missile that comes down in the Sea of Japan.
Oct. 21, 1994 — The United States and North Korea sign the Agreed Framework, in which Pyongyang vows to freeze and dismantle its nuclear arms program.
June 16, 1998 — North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency acknowledges the country is developing and exporting missiles.
Aug. 31, 1998 — North Korea test-fires a long-range Taepodong-1 ballistic missile, part of which flies over Japan and falls into the Pacific.
Sept. 4, 1998 — North Korea describes the Aug. 31 launch as “a satellite launch.”
Sept. 12, 1999 — The U.S. gets Pyongyang to agree to a moratorium on missile tests.
May 3, 2001 — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il tells an EU delegation of Pyongyang’s intention to freeze missile tests until 2003.
Sept. 17, 2002 — Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Kim hold their first summit. In the bilateral Pyongyang Declaration, North Korea says it will extend the missile test freeze beyond 2003.
May 22, 2004 — Japan and North Korea hold a second summit and reconfirm Pyongyang’s missile-test freeze.
June 10, 2004 — A South Korean newspaper reports that in early May, North Korea successfully tested the main engine combustion for what appears to be a long-range Taepodong-2 ballistic missile.
Feb. 10, 2005 — Pyongyang says it has nuclear arms.
Sept. 19, 2005 — Japan, China, North and South Korea, Russia, and the U.S. at the fourth round of six-party talks issue a joint declaration, which includes Pyongyang’s promise to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
March 7, 2006 — Gen. Burwell Bell, commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, says North Korea is developing a new intermediate ballistic missile that can reach the U.S. mainland.
May 19, 2006 — Launch preparations for the Taepodong-2 are observed.
June 1, 2006 — North Korea warns it will be compelled to “take the strongest measures” if the U.S. keeps pressure on it to return to the six-way talks.
July 5, 2006 — North Korea fires seven missiles that come down in the Sea of Japan.
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