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Chronology of Key Events

(January - November 2002)


29, Friday: IAEA Board Backs Resolution on North Korea. The IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution on the implementation of IAEA safeguards in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at its meetings in Vienna 29 November 2002. The Board is the 35-member policymaking body of the Agency. Resolution, 29 November 2002


18, Friday: IAEA Invites DPRK for Talks. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei sent a message to the DPRK in which he confirmed the Agency's readiness to dispatch a senior team to the DPRK, or to receive a DPRK team in Vienna, to discuss this matter and the general question of the implementation of IAEA safeguards in the DPRK. Statement

17, Thursday: IAEA Expresses Deep Concern Over Disclosures. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei expressed "deep concern" regarding the information reported by the US State Department that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has a programme to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons. "We are urgently seeking information from the DPRK in response to this report, as well as information from the US that will allow us to follow up on this very serious allegation". Statement | IAEA Concern with DPRK, UN News Centre

16, Wednesday. US Statement on DPRK Enrichment Programme. The US announced that during a visit to the DPRK, Assistant Secretary James A. Kelly and his delegation advised the North Koreans that the US had recently acquired information that indicates that North Korea has a programme to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons in violation of the Agreed Framework and other agreements. North Korean officials acknowledged that they have such a programme. Statement


20, Friday: IAEA General Conference Adopts DPRK Resolution. Meeting in Vienna, the IAEA General Conference of Member States urged the DPRK to come into full compliance with its safeguards agreement. Resolution


16, Friday. IAEA Director General Report on DPRK Safeguards. IAEA Director General ElBaradei forwarded his report on IAEA safeguards in the DPRK, for submission to the September sessions of the Agency's General Conference. Report

APRIL 2002

5, Friday. US Report on North Korea. In a report to the US Congress, the Congressional Research Services outlines policy and other issues facing the US on the North Korean nuclear programme. Report

MARCH 2002

19, Tuesday. US-DPRK Agreed Framework. US President Bush waived, on grounds of national security, certifying to Congress that North Korea was in compliance with the 1994 US-North Korean Agreed Framework.

18, Monday. IAEA Director General Report to Board of Governors. In his report to the Agency's 35-member Board of Governors, IAEA Director General ElBaredei expressed hope for continued cooperation with the DPRK. He said an Agency team had visited the DPRK Isotope Production Laboratory 16 January. He also noted that three DPRK officials observed an IAEA calibration of a spent fuel counter early in March 2002 in the UK - a counter that would be used for verification of the spent fuel at the DPRK's 5 MW(e) reactor facility. These are small but welcome steps on the part of the DPRK which I hope will be followed by a gradual return to full inspection, he said. DG Statement


29, Tuesday. US President Cites North Korea Among "Axis of Evil". In his State of the Union address, US President Bush declared that North Korea was part of an "axis of evil" group of States that produced and proliferated weapons of mass destruction.

15-19, Tuesday to Saturday: IAEA Team Visits DPRK Facilities. A technical team from the IAEA visited nuclear facilities in the Nyongbyon area of the DPRK. The visit, which was not an inspection, included the Isotope Production Laboratory, an installation that the DPRK has stated was involved in the early stages of development of their nuclear programme. Press Release