Timeline of North Korea: From Trump's inauguration to now

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US intelligence satellites picked up signs of activity at North Korea's Chamjin missile factory southwest of Pyongyang, in an apparent readying of a test of two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Cr. edition.cnn.com/2017/04/18/asia/north-korea-donald-trump-timeline/index.html More info edition.cnn.com/2017/01/19/asia/north-korea-missiles/
Kim Jong-un
North Korea's missiles
North Korea missile range
As Defense Secretary James Mattis prepared for his first visit to Asia, it was reported that the country was preparing to restart a plutonium reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear facility, according to analysis of new satellite imagery from 38 North, a North Korea tracking project. More info http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/29/asia/north-korea-secretary-mattis-asia-visit/
An analysis of new satellite imagery from 38 North, a North Korea tracking project associated with the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, concludes that country is preparing to restart the reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear facility.
The images show that most of a river near the reactor is frozen over, except for where water originating from a reactor outlet mixes with the river -- indicating that the reactor is likely operational.
Operations resuming North Korea reactor?
The US and its East Asian ally Japan successfully downed a test medium-range ballistic missile with a new interceptor launched from a guided-missile destroyer. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/02/05/politics/us-japan-aegis-missile-defense-test/
The USS John Paul Jones launches a ballistic missile interceptor on February 3, 2017, off Hawaii.
North Korea reported it had successfully completed the launch of a new ballistic missile, the previously unknown Pukguksong-2, according to state media. It was the North's first missile test of the Trump era. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/02/11/asia/north-korea-missile/
This photo from North Korean state media shows the firing of the Pukguksong-2 on Sunday. The split image appears to show the cold-launching system in effect.
Alleged North Korean agents reportedly murdered Kim Jong Un's half brother, Kim Jong Nam, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) with VX nerve agent. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/02/14/asia/kim-jong-un-half-brother-death/index.html
Kim Jong Nam
Kim Jong Un's half-brother dies after illness
In the wake of the DPRK's missile test and the resultant growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, China banned imports of Chinese coal for the remainder of the year. China's Ministry of Commerce said the decision was made to comply with a UN Security Council resolution that China helped draft and pass last November. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/02/19/asia/china-coal-north-korea-ban/
North Korea coal exports
March was an even busier month for the Korean Peninsula. It kicked off with North Korea's firing of four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan (also known as the East Sea) in what Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described as "an extremely dangerous action." The missiles, three of which landed within 200 miles of Japan's coastline in its exclusive economic zone, were fired as part of a drill targeting American military assets in Japan by North Korea's Hwasong artillery units, North Korean state media KCNA said. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/03/05/asia/north-korea-projectile/index.html
Four missiles launched March 6
On the heels of the multiple launch, South Korea's US-built THAAD missile defense system -- which China vigorously opposes -- arrives on the peninsula. As it was delivered, China's top diplomat, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, warns that the US and North Korea are set for a "head-on collision" with neither side willing to give way. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/03/06/asia/thaad-arrival-south-korea/ edition.cnn.com/2017/03/08/asia/china-north-korea-wang-yi/
North Korea's ballistic missiles
The US, along with allies South Korea and Japan, responded to the North's earlier missile tests, dispatching high-tech missile defense ships to the same area where Pyongyang had previously fired the four missiles. The Aegis warships began exercises to improve their capability to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles, the US Navy said in a statement. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/03/14/asia/us-south-korea-japan-aegis-missile-defense-ship-exercises/
Anti-Missile System
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's first Asian trip, landing in Japan. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/03/14/asia/rex-tillerson-asia-visit/
Rex Tillerson begins official trip to Asia
Tillerson calls for new approach to N. Korea
Tillerson talks tough ahead of China meeting
Pyongyang again ratcheted tensions by testing a rocket engine, one which showed "meaningful" signs of progress, according to South Korean officials. Meanwhile, in the face of the looming threat from North Korea, Japan begins to hold evacuation drills to prepare for any potential North Korean missile launched aimed at the country. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/03/19/asia/japan-north-korea-missile-drill/
Japan holds first evacuation drill to prepare for North Korean missile
The North Koreans launched another missile just days after the engine test, but it exploded "within seconds of launch," according to US Pacific Command. As March wound down, Pyongyang once again went back to its engine tests -- technology could possibly be used in an eventual ICBM. In a separate move, the US announced that the US Marines deployed F-35B aircraft to South Korea for the first time as part of an exercise. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/03/21/asia/north-korea-missile-test/
Trump began the month by declaring that the US would be willing to go it alone to restrain North Korea's nuclear weapons program should China fail to change the situation. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/04/02/politics/donald-trump-north-korea/
Nuclear Bombs
As the two leaders sat down to steak and pan-seared sole at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Trump made the decision to pull the trigger on a missile strike in Syria -- the biggest military action of his presidency and a declaration of intent for Pyongyang. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/04/06/politics/donald-trump-xi-jinping-china-mar-a-lago/
US President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) prepare to shake hands during dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017.
North Korea issued a forceful response to the deployment of a US naval strike group, including the 97,000-ton carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, to the region, saying it would counter "reckless acts of aggression" with "whatever methods the US wants to take." More info edition.cnn.com/2017/04/10/politics/us-aircraft-carrier-carl-vinson-north-korea-strike-capabilities/index.html
Aegis ballistic missile defense
USS Carl Vinson heads to Korean Peninsula
Monitoring group 38 North said its analysis had concluded that North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear site is "primed and ready" for a sixth nuclear test. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/04/13/asia/north-korea-nuclear-site-punggye-ri/
Satellite imagery shows vehicles or trailers parked around the North Portal of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in North Korea.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that North Korea may already have the capability to deliver missiles equipped with sarin nerve agent. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/04/13/asia/north-korea-missiles-japan/
North Korea may be preparing 6th nuclear test
The US waded again into military action, dropping a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), the US military's largest non-nuclear weapon, on an ISIS hideout in Afghanistan, the first time this type of weapon has been used in battle, according to US officials. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/afghanistan-isis-moab-bomb/
The MOAB bomb
US drops largest non-nuclear bomb
At an annual military parade in Pyongyang, the North Korean regime showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers at its annual military parade. Part of the display were two new ICBM-sized canisters as well as North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missile, and a land-based version of the same for the first time, according to analysts. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/04/15/asia/north-korea-missiles-parade/
North Korea parades new missiles
US Vice President Mike Pence, visiting the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ), warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the US "or the strength of our military forces."
Dana Bash interviews VP Pence at DMZ
After boasting that the USS Carl Vinson strike group was being dispatched to the Korean Peninsula in a "show of force," the US was forced to walk back the claims after it emerged that the ships in question were actually on their way to participate in military exercises in the Indian Ocean, some 3,500 miles in the opposite direction. Instead, the strike group will arrive off the Korean Peninsula by the end of April, multiple US defense officials told CNN. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/04/18/politics/carl-vinson-korea-trump/index.html
Official: Miscommunicated US 'armada' location
The Pentagon announced that it will conduct two major tests of its ability to shoot down missiles launched out of North Korea in May. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/04/18/politics/missile-defense-north-korea/index.html
US to test ability to shoot down NK missiles
The UN Security Council formally condemned North Korea's latest missile launch, demanding that it "immediately" cease further actions that violate resolutions. Russia denied it had previously blocked the action, saying that it wanted to add language to the document. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/04/21/politics/unsc-north-korea-resolution/
UN Security Council threatens additional sanctions on North Korea
It was confirmed the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier finally arrived in Korean waters, ready to begin drills with their South Korean counterparts.
USS Carl Vinson enters Korean waters hours after North Korea's missile launch
To wrap up a tense month on the Korean Peninsula, Trump praised the North Korean leader, saying he had come to power at a young age and was a "smart cookie." More info edition.cnn.com/2017/04/29/politics/trump-face-the-nation-interview-north-korea/index.html
President Trump: An interview on his first 100 days in office
Trump began a new month of relations with North Korea on a more positive note, saying he would be "honored" to meet with Kim Jong Un "under the right circumstances." More info edition.cnn.com/2017/05/01/politics/donald-trump-meet-north-korea-kim-jong-un/
Trump Would Meet Kim Jong Un 'Under Right Circumstances'
US officials confirmed the controversial THAAD system was finally deployed and operational in South Korea. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/05/01/asia/north-korea-trump-standoff/index.html
THAAD goes live amid growing South Korea anger
South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office. Moon has advocated for engagement with North Korea to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/05/11/asia/china-xi-jinping-calls-south-korea-moon/
Moon Jae-in
The North Koreans fired a ballistic missile that landed in water 60 miles south of Russia's Vladivostok region, a US official told CNN. The launch came as Chinese leader Xi Jinping and multiple world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, attended a major trade and infrastructure summit in Beijing. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/05/13/asia/north-korea-projectile/index.html edition.cnn.com/2017/05/16/asia/north-korea-new-missile-type-analysis/index.html
The US calculated that the missile landed in water 60 miles south of Russia's Vladivostok region, a US official told CNN. Vladivostok is home to the Russian Pacific Fleet.
North Korea says missile could carry nuclear warhead
North Korea says the missile it tested Sunday is capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead. North Korea warned the United States not to provoke it, saying the "US mainland and Pacific operations" are within range of North Korean missiles. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/05/14/asia/north-korea-missile-test-russia-japan/index.html
North Korea's lastest missile test
The Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is now conducting training off the coast of Japan and is expected in the coming days to join the USS Carl Vinson in the region, putting two carriers in the vicinity of the Korean Peninsula, two US officials tell CNN. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/05/18/politics/uss-ronald-reagan-duel-carrier-training-korea/
USS Ronald Reagan
North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile from an area near Pukchang, according to the South Korean military's Joint Chiefs of Staff. The missile landed in the waters off the Korean Peninsula. There are no reports of damage, officials say More info edition.cnn.com/2017/05/21/asia/north-korea-fires-unidentified-projectile/index.html
North Korea fires unidentified projectile
North Korea fired off its third ballistic missile test in just over three weeks, a short-range ballistic missile that Japan said fell in the ocean within 200 miles of its coastline. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/05/28/asia/north-korea-fires-unidentified-projectile/index.html
North Korea's third ballistic missile in three weeks.
North Korea fires ballistic missile; President Moon calls emergency NSC meeting
President Donald Trump joined the leaders of South Korea and Japan in condemning the test, saying that North Korea had "shown great disrespect" for China by "shooting off yet another ballistic missile."
Trump's tweet
The Pentagon successfully shot down an intercontinental ballistic missile using its own upgraded long-range interceptor missile on Tuesday in what was widely seen as a test of US ability to counter a North Korean missile launch. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/05/30/politics/pentagon-missile-test-north-korea-iran/index.html
US successfully tests missile interceptor
Kim Jong Un's regime fired four anti-ship cruise missiles, according to a US defense official. More info edition.cnn.com/2017/06/07/asia/north-korea-missiles-launch/index.html
North Korea fires salvo of surface-to-ship missiles
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