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Chronology of Key Events

(January 2007 - November 2008)

NOVEMBER 2008

27, Thursday. IAEA Board Opens November Deliberations. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei opened a busy Board of Governors meeting today in Vienna, Austria, by addressing issues of technical cooperation, nuclear power, safety and security, and nuclear verification. Full Story | DG Statement

OCTOBER 2008

27, Monday. IAEA Chief Addresses UN General Assembly. Speaking to the UN General Assembly in New York, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei gave an update on the work of the Agency in the last year and highlighted some of the challenges which need to be addressed. Full Story | DG Statement

13, Monday. DPRK grants IAEA access to Yongbyon facilities. Following is a statement to the media by IAEA Spokesperson Melissa Fleming on the situation in the DPRK. Press Release | Video: Statement

9, Thursday. Statement on IAEA Safeguards Inspections in DPRK. The Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has today informed IAEA inspectors that effective immediately access to facilities at Yongbyon would no longer be permitted. Press Release

SEPTEMBER 2008

29, Monday. IAEA General Conference Opens in Vienna. The 52nd annual IAEA General Conference opened in Vienna, Austria with high-level delegates and representatives from the Agency´s 145 Member States in attendance. In a statement to delegates, Director General ElBaradei reviewed tough challenges and hard decisions facing the Agency in areas of nuclear safeguards, security, safety, and peaceful development. Full Story | DG Statement | Audio: DG Statement [.mp3] | 52nd IAEA General Conference

24, Wednesday. IAEA Removes Seals from Plant in Yongbyon. As IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei reported to the Board on Monday, the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK) asked the IAEA to remove seals and surveillance from the reprocessing plant in Yongbyon. The work was completed today. Press Release | Video: Press Briefing

22, Monday. IAEA Board Begins September Deliberations. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei briefed the IAEA Board of Governors today on a range of issues, including nuclear safeguards, technical cooperation, and safety and security. The 35-member policymaking body meets this week in Vienna. Full Story | DG Statement | Video: DG Statement Audio: 1 : 2 [.mp3]

2, Tuesday. Report on North Korea Safeguards for IAEA General Conference. The latest report of IAEA Director General ElBaradei on the Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was forwarded to the Agency´s Member States. The report is for the consideration of States meeting at the IAEA General Conference in September. GC Report [pdf] | General Conference

JUNE 2008

26, Thursday. North Korea Declaration of Nuclear Programme. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the submission by the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK) of the declaration of its nuclear programmes to China as a "very encouraging development" in efforts towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. UN News Centre

13, Friday. Latest Report on IAEA Nuclear Safeguards Issued. In 2007, the IAEA applied nuclear safeguards for 163 States. A summary of the findings and conclusions are reported in the latest IAEA Safeguards Statement. Statement

2 June, Monday. Director General Briefs Board. IAEA Director General ElBaradei briefed the Board of Governors on the Agency´s verification activities in North Korea, and raised some matters that require guidance from States Parties to the NPT. As he had done in March 2008, he further noted that the additional funds are needed for the IAEA to carry out its monitoring and verification activities in North Korea for the rest of 2008. Full Story | DG Statement | Audio: DG Full Statement [mp3]

MARCH 2008

3 March, Monday. Director General Addresses Board on Nuclear Issues. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei addressed the Board of Governors on several topics, including nuclear safety and security, assurance of fuel supply, the implementation of safeguards in the DPRK and other Agency matters. The Board is meeting this week in Vienna. Full Story | DG Statement

NOVEMBER 2007

22, Thursday. IAEA Head Briefs Board on Nuclear Issues. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei briefed the IAEA Board of Governors on a range of issues, including the Technical Cooperation programme, nuclear safeguards in Iran and the DPRK, and the Agency´s funding. The Board is meeting this week in Vienna. Full Story | Video: Safeguards in DPRK | DG Statement

14, Wednesday. IAEA Chief Meets US Assistant Secretary of State on DPRK. The IAEA Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei and US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Christopher Hill, spoke to the press after meeting in Vienna to discuss the DPRK verification issue. Press Briefing | Media Advisory

OCTOBER 2007

30, Tuesday. UN General Assembly Reaffirms Support for IAEA. The United Nations General Assembly has reaffirmed strong support for the IAEA´s work, following Director General Mohamed ElBaradei´s annual address delivered in New York on 29 October. Full Story | DG Statement

SEPTEMBER 2007

17, Monday. Director General Addresses General Conference. In a statement to delegations of Member States meeting at the 51st IAEA General Conference, Director General Mohamed ElBaradei reviewed major international developments and challenges facing the Agency and international community. Full Story | DG Statement: Full Version - Abridged Version

10, Monday. Board of Governors Meeting Starts in Vienna. The 35-member IAEA Board of Governors are meeting in Vienna this week to disccus the Agency´s work on nuclear safety, nuclear security, nuclear science, technology and applications, as well as current safeguards implementation issues. DG Statement | Media Advisory

AUGUST 2007

17, Friday. Report on North Korea Safeguards for IAEA General Conference. The latest report of IAEA Director General ElBaradei on the Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was forwarded to the Agency´s Member States. The report is for the consideration of States meeting at the IAEA General Conference in September. IAEA Board Report [pdf] | General Conference

JULY 2007

18, Wednesday. IAEA Team Confirms Shutdown of DPRK Nuclear Facilities. Following the recent understanding reached between the IAEA and DPRK, an IAEA team arrived at the Yongbyon nuclear site on 14 July 2007 to verify the shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear facility. Press Release

13, Friday. IAEA Team en Route to North Korean Nuclear Facilities. An IAEA expert team is en route to the nuclear facilities in Yongbyon, in the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea) to verify and monitor the shutdown and sealing of the facilities. Full Story | Photo Gallery: IAEA to Monitor & Verify Shutdown of DPRK´s Nuclear Facility

12, Thursday. Photo-op as IAEA Team Departs Vienna for Beijing en Route to DPRK for Verification and Monitoring Mission. There will be a photo opportunity from 16:00 at the Vienna International Airport in the check-in area of the departure hall, prior to an IAEA team´s departure for Beijing, en route to the Democratic Peoples´ Republic of Korea. Media Advisory

10, Tuesday. DPRK Invites IAEA Team for Verification and Monitoring Mission. Following receipt of an invitation today from the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea an IAEA team will travel to the DPRK within the next few days. Media Advisory

9, Monday. Director General Briefs Press on North Korea, Iran & Budget. IAEA Inspectors will return to monitor and verify the shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear facilities in the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea, after a report outlining the modalities reached between the Agency and the DPRK was approved today by the IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna, Austria. Director General Mohamed ElBaradei spoke to reporters on North Korea, Iran and the IAEA´s Budget. Full Story | DG Board Statement | Audio: DG Speaks on DPRK | Photo Gallery: IAEA to Monitor & Verify Shutdown of DPRK´s Nuclear Facility

3, Tuesday. New Report on Monitoring and Verification in North Korea. The IAEA Director General has circulated his report on Monitoring and Verification in the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea), following a visit by an Agency team to North Korea, 26-29 June 2007. Full Story | Media Advisory

JUNE 2007

22, Friday. IAEA Team to arrive in Pyongyang Tuesday for Talks. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has announced that, in response to North Korea´s invitation, an IAEA delegation will be arriving in Pyongyang on Tuesday to start the process for discussing the modalities for verication and monitoring of the shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear facility. Press Release

20, Wednesday. Latest Report on IAEA Nuclear Safeguards Issued. In 2006, the IAEA applied nuclear safeguards for 162 States. A summary of the findings and conclusions are reported in the latest IAEA Safeguards Statement. Statement | SC Resolution: 1718 (2006) [pdf]

18, Monday. DPRK Invites IAEA Officials to Pyongyang for Verification Talks. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei received a letter dated 16 June 2007 from the DPRK, requesting an IAEA delegation to visit Pyongyang to discuss the modalities for verification and monitoring by the IAEA of the shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear facility. Press Release

11, Monday. IAEA Chief Briefs Board on Nuclear Issues. IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei today briefed the IAEA Board of Governors on a range of nuclear issues, including the DPRK, nuclear plant safety and budget concerns. The Board is meeting this week in Vienna. Full Story | DG Statement

MARCH 2007

15, Thursday. IAEA Director General Concludes Meetings in North Korea. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has concluded his visit to the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea). He spoke with reporters in Beijing thereafter. Full Story | Video: Interview with DG, CNN, 14 March 2007 | Daily Press Review

12, Monday. IAEA Chief Heads Delegation to the DPRK. A high-level IAEA delegation headed by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei is en route to the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea) to begin two days of talks on issues of "mutual concern". Full Story

5, Monday. IAEA Board Meets in Vienna. The IAEA Board of Governors is meeting this week at the Agency's Vienna Headquarters. Director General Mohamed ElBaradei today briefed the Board on issues of nuclear verification, safety and security and the peaceful use of nuclear technologies. He also spoke to the Press. Full Story | Video: DPRK | Audio: DPRK | DG Statement

FEBRUARY 2007

27, Tuesday. IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, Starting 5 March 2007. The IAEA Board of Governors will convene a regular meeting in the Agency┬┤s Headquarters at 10:30 on Monday, 5 March 2007, in the IAEA Boardroom, C04, in the Vienna International Centre. Media Advisory | Director General Welcomes Latest Outcome of Six-Party Talks, 14 February 2007

23, Friday. Dr. ElBaradei Accepts Invitation to Visit North Korea. IAEA Chief Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei today accepted an invitation from the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea) to visit the DPRK for talks in March. Dr. ElBaradei announced the visit during a press conference with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Full Story » | Audio: Director General to Visit DPRK » | Video: IAEA DG & UN SG Talk to Press »

19, Monday. Interview with Director General on Iran and North Korea. In an interview with the Financial Times, IAEA Director General addressed nuclear non-proliferation issues and IAEA verification of nuclear programmes in Iran and in the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea. Transcript of Interview

13, Tuesday: Six Party Talks in Beijing Report Progress. The Third Session of the Fifth Round of the Six-Party Talks was held in Beijing 8-13 February 2007 and included delegations from China, the DPRK, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, and the USA. The Parties held serious and productive discussions and agreed on initial actions each Party will take in the initial phase for the implementation of the Joint Statement of 19 September 2005. Outcome of Latest Six-Party Talks | Transcript: DG Press Remarks | DG Welcomes Progress