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North Korea's nuclear, missile program


North Korea's nuclear and missile programs

  • Aug. 1998: Test fires Taepodong-1, its first long-range rocket
  • Sept. 1999: Pledges to freeze long-range missile tests amid improving U.S. ties
  • Mar. 2005: Ends moratorium on missile tests, blames "hostile" policy of U.S.
  • Jul. 5, 2006: Test fires long-range Taepodong-2, which fails after launch
  • Jul. 15, 2006: U.N. Security Council demands Pyongyang halt missile program
  • Oct. 9, 2006: Conducts first underground nuclear test
  • Oct.15, 2006: U.N. Security Council demands halt to missile, nuclear tests, bans sale of weapons
  • Apr. 5, 2009: Launches long-range rocket that lands in Pacific; U.S. says no satellite placed in orbit
  • Apr. 13, 2009: U.N. Security Council condemns launch, tightens sanctions; Pyongyang quits six-party nuclear talks
  • May 2009: Conducts second underground nuclear test
  • Jun. 2009: Security Council imposes tougher sanctions
  • Feb. 2012: Announces moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile programs in exchange for U.S. food aid
  • Apr. 2012: Launches long-range rocket, which falls apart shortly after lift-off
  • Dec. 2012: Launches Unha-3 rocket, declares success in placing satellite in orbit
  • Jan. 2013: U.N. Security Council condemns December rocket launch
  • Feb. 2013: Conducts third nuclear test
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