The international crisis in North Korea is developing rapidly. Here is a repeatable recap of events in the Obama administration leading up to the crisis so far:
April 4: Obama gives a speech in Turkey where he says “I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons…we must ignore the voices who tell us that the world cannot change”
April 5: North Korea does not listen to him and fires up a Taepodong-2 missile on a Unha-2 rocket over Japan.
May 25: North Korea tests an underground nuclear weapon, and the U.S. Geological survey detected a 4.7 quake in the region. The White House says they may look at UN resolutions. President Obama enjoys an afternoon of golf in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
May 26: The United Nations Security Council condems the underground nuclear test – threatening sanctions but not imposing any. North Korea responds by firing 2 more short range missiles off their east coast.
May 26: South Korea announces it would join the U.S. led coalition to intercept North Korean ships suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction. This is very, very big.
May 27: North Korea said since South Korea just did that, now they are no longer bound by the 1953 armistice that halted the Korean War and said they’d respond with a powerful military strike if it’s ships are stopped by the international coalition.
May 27: White House says no worries, North Korea threatens all the time.
May 27: But Secretary of State Clinton didn’t get the “downplay it” memo and says there will be consequences because of “provocative and beligerent actions.”
June 12: United Nations sets sanctions including an embarge on North Korean arms exports, broadens restrictions on weapons they can inport and calls on countries to stop new loans except for humanitarian aid.
June 13: North Korea says any attempted blockade will be regarded as an act of war. They also announce they have a uranium enrichment program and said they will step up their atomic bomb making program. Uranium and plutonium can be used to make a nuclear weapon.
June 29: The US repositioned missle defense systems around Hawaii and North Korea says this is a plot to attack and that it would bolster its nuclear arsenal in retaliation.
Go back in time with the Wall Street Journal’s North Korea timeline: