After an increasing number of reports last week that North Korea had been testing nuclear weapons meant to pose a threat to the U.S. and its allies, President Donald Trump tweeted that North Korea was "behaving very badly." But 2017 is hardly the first time North Korea has antagonized the U.S. on with its nuclear capabilities. In fact, North Korea first got into the nuclear weapons game over 60 years ago. A timeline of the most important dates of North Korea's nuclear aggression shows an interesting pattern in the relationship between the two countries. Mid-1980s -- North Korea reached a "dangerous levels of nuclear capacity" with the help from the Soviet Union, according to the American Security Project.
Seoul – North Korea will not attend this year's Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic, Pyongyang's sports ministry said, putting an end to Seoul's hopes of using the games to restart talks with its nuclear-armed neighbor. North Korea's participation in the last Winter Games, in Pyeongchang in neighboring South Korea, was a key catalyst in the diplomatic rapprochement of 2018. Leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, attended as his envoy in a blaze of publicity, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in seized the opportunity to broker talks between Pyongyang and Washington that led to a series of high-profile meetings between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump. But Pyongyang's announcement puts an end to Seoul's hopes of using the postponed Tokyo Games, due to begin in July, to trigger a reset in the now deadlocked talks process. At a meeting, North Korea's Olympic Committee "decided not to participate in the 32nd Olympic Games in order to protect players from the world public health crisis caused by COVID-19," said the Sports in the DPR Korea website run by North Korea's sports ministry.
SEOUL, South Korea – The upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday will kick off a potentially lengthy diplomatic process to try to resolve the standoff over Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons. Jan. 1: After an unusually provocative 2017 during which North Korea tested a purported thermonuclear warhead and three intercontinental ballistic missiles, Kim tries to initiate diplomacy in his annual New Year's address. He calls for improved relations and engagement with South Korea, though adds that he has a nuclear button on his desk. Trump responds on Twitter that he has a bigger and more powerful nuclear button, adding "and my Button works!" Jan. 9: North and South Korean officials meet at a border village and agree on North Korea sending athletes and delegates to the Winter Olympics in the South. Hundreds of North Koreans go to the Pyeongchang Games in February, including Kim's sister, who conveys her brother's desire for an inter-Korean summit with South Korea's president.
The parents of Otto Warmbier, the US student who is in a coma after being freed this week by North Korea, say he was "brutalised" by a "pariah regime". The 22-year-old is now being treated in hospital after the flight carrying him landed in Ohio on Tuesday. Mr Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel. He was given a sleeping pill after becoming ill after his trial last year and did not wake up, North Korea said. He is now being treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
The world is looking to clamp down on North Korea and, this time, China appears to be on board. The United Nations Security Council is set to vote Wednesday on sanctions aimed at punishing the Hermit Kingdom for its nuclear and ballistic missile tests. China, one of the council's five permanent members - all of whom have veto power - has typically protected its trading partner. But the powerful nation has signaled it agrees with the proposed measures, which target North Korea's coal and metal exports and is intended to inflict economic pain on the regime. "We are getting very close to moving forward on Security Council measures responding to North Korea's September 9th nuclear test, the latest of five tests," a U.S. official familiar with the resolution told Fox News.