Chronology of North Korea's missile program

April 5, 2009 08:05
1 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

  • Aug. 31, 1998: North Korea fires suspected missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean, calling it a satellite.
  • Sept. 13, 1999: North Korea pledges to freeze long-range missile tests.
  • June 2001: North Korea warns it will reconsider missile test moratorium if Washington doesn't resume contacts aimed at normalizing relations.
  • July 2001: US State Department reports North Korea developing long-range missile.
  • September 2002: North Korea pledges in summit talks with Japan to extend its moratorium on missile tests beyond 2003.
  • Jan. 10, 2003: North Korea announces withdrawal from Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
  • March 10, 2003: North Korea fires a land-to-ship missile off east coast into waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan.
  • October 2003: North Korea fires two land-to-ship missiles.
  • May 2004: North Korea reaffirms its missile moratorium in summit talks with Japan.
  • May 2005: North Korea fires a short-range missile into waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan.
  • March 8, 2006: North Korea fires two short-range missiles.
  • June 18, 2006: North Korea vows to increase its "military deterrent" to cope with what it calls US attempts to provoke war.
  • July 5, 2006: North Korea launches seven missiles into waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan, including a long-range Taepodong-2.
  • July 15, 2006: UN Security Council adopts Resolution 1695 demanding North Korea halt missile program.
  • Oct. 9, 2006: North Korea conducts underground nuclear test blast after citing "extreme threat of a nuclear war" from US.
  • Oct. 15, 2006: UN Security Council adopts Resolution 1718 condemning test, imposing sanctions and banning North Korea from activities related to its nuclear weapons program, including "their means of delivery and related materials."
  • July 14, 2007: North Korea shuts down its main Yongbyon reactor, later starts disabling it.
  • June 27, 2008: North Korea destroys cooling tower at Yongbyon.
  • Sept. 19, 2008: North Korea says it is restoring a key atomic reactor.
  • Oct. 11, 2008: US removes North Korea from a list of states that sponsor terrorism.
  • Feb. 15: North Korea claims it has the right to "space development."
  • Feb. 23: South Korea says North Korea has a new type of medium-range ballistic missile capable of reaching northern Australia and Guam.
  • March 11: North Korea declares satellite launch will take place between April 4-8.
  • April 5: North Korea launches long-range rocket from its base at Musundan-ri on the country's northeast coast.

  • Related Content

    U.S. President Donald Trump receives a football from Russian President Vladimir Putin
    July 20, 2018
    Trump invites Putin to Washington despite U.S. uproar over Helsinki summit