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2008/10/16 10:42 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 25 (October 16, 2008)

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Chronology of Major Events Related to N.K.'s Listing on Terror Blacklist

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronology of major events over the last 20 years related to the U.S. designation and removal of North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism.

  
  Jan. 20, 1988 -- The U.S. State Department designates North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, holding it accountable for the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet over Burma in November 1987.

  April 30, 1992 -- The U.S. State Department redesignates North Korea on its terrorism blacklist, despite its failure to find any proof of Pyongyang's activities sponsoring terrorists since 1987.

  Sept. 28, 1998 -- North Korea and the U.S. hold a working-level meeting in Washington to discuss removing Pyongyang from the terror list.

  Jan. 30, 2000 -- A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman emphasizes the need for the U.S. to remove Pyongyang from the list to improve bilateral relations.

  Oct. 6, 2000 -- North Korea and the U.S. adopt a joint statement supporting international efforts denouncing all terrorist activities.

  Sept. 12, 2001 -- The North Korean Foreign Ministry denounces the Sept. 11 terrorist actions against the U.S., reaffirming its opposition to any form of terrorism.

  April 30, 2004 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage attaches a string to the delisting of North Korea, demanding that the North address the issue of repatriating Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang.

  Jan. 16-18, 2007 -- North Korea and the U.S. hold bilateral talks in Berlin and agree that the working group of the six-party talks will discuss removal from the terror list.

  Sept. 2, 2007 -- The working group for diplomatic normalization between Washington and Pyongyang agrees to remove the North from the terror blacklist and the Trading with the Enemy Act.

  Oct. 3, 2007 -- The six-party talks agree on a second-phase accord implementing the Sept. 19 joint statement, including the start of procedures for North Korea's delisting from the blacklist.

  April 30, 2008 -- The U.S. State Department redesignates North Korea as a sponsor of terror, but says it will remove it from the blacklist in accordance with the denuclearization process.

  June 10, 2008 -- The North Korean Foreign Ministry pledges to fulfill its responsibilities as a U.N. member in its struggle against any kind of terrorism.

  June 26, 2008 -- U.S. President George W. Bush notifies Congress of his plan to remove North Korea from the list upon the North's submission of its nuclear declaration as agreed upon in the six-party deal.

  June 27, 2008 -- The North Korean Foreign Ministry welcomes the U.S. decision to start the removal of North Korea from the terror list and the Trading with the Enemy Act.

  July 24, 2008 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hints at delaying the removal, saying the 45-day period given to Congress is the minimum period needed before such a delisting can take effect.

  Aug. 11, 2008 -- A U.S. State Department spokesman says that Washington will not delist the North before Pyongyang agrees to the U.S.-proposed nuclear verification protocol on the North's main nuclear facilities.

  Aug. 26, 2008 -- North Korea's Foreign Ministry spokesman announces Pyongyang's suspension of its disablement process at the Yongbyon nuclear facilities in response to the U.S. delay and lukewarm action.

  Sept. 19, 2008 -- North Korea's Foreign Ministry announces it is reactivating the Yongbyon nuclear facilities by halting the disablement process.

  Oct. 1-3, 2008 -- Chief U.S. nuclear envoy Christopher Hill visits Pyongyang to discuss the nuclear verification issue.

  Oct. 11, 2008 -- The U.S. Statement Department formally announces the removal of North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terror.

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