North Korea had put its atomic program on hold in 1994 but recently threatened to resume it if Washington did not deliver promised nuclear power plants. Under a landmark 1994 accord, the U.S. pledged to replace Pyongyang's graphite reactors, which are capable of producing weapons-grade material, with the safer light-water plants.
In a startling revelation, North Korea has told the United States it has a secret nuclear weapons program in violation of an 1994 agreement with the United States.
On October 9, 2006, North Korea announced it had successfully tested a nuclear device. Here is a Google Earth kmz file of the location. This information was produced by Dr. Jeffery Lewis at armscontrolwonk.org
On May 25, 2008, North Korea conducted its second nuclear test. It is currently estimating the blast's yield at 10 to 20 kilotons - comparable to the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
We have collected a series of reports on this topic and will update this section as more information becomes available.
- Timeline of Events
- United States Statement on North Korean Nuclear Program
- North Korean Nuclear Facilities
- North Korea's Missile Capabilities
- Agreed Framework Between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
- Letter from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding the DPRK'S decision to restart reactors
- Letter from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea of the intent to build a nuclear deterrent - June 9, 2003
- DPRK Foreign Minister on Its Stand to Suspend Its Participation in Six-party Talks - February 10, 2005
- Joint Statement of the Fourth Round of the Six-Party Talks - September 19, 2005
- Statement Announcing the Nuclear Test - October 9, 2006
- Statement Announcing the Second Nuclear Test - May 25, 2008