Key dates in North Korea's missile programme

Last updated 15:34 12/12/2012

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Late 1970s: Starts working on a version of the Soviet Scud-B (range 300 km). Test-fired in 1984     

1987-92: Begins developing variant of Scud-C (500 km), Rodong-1 (1300 km), Taepodong-1 (2500 km), Musudan-1 (3000 km) and Taepodong-2 (6700 km)     

Aug 1998: Test-fires Taepodong-1 over Japan as part of failed satellite launch     

Sept 1999: Declares moratorium on long-range missile tests amid improving ties with US     

July 12, 2000: Fifth round of US-North Korean missile talks ends in Kuala Lumpur without agreement after North demands US$1 billion a year in return for halting missile exports     

Dec 2002: 15 North Korean-made Scuds seized on Yemen-bound ship     

March 3, 2005: North ends moratorium on long-range missile testing, blames Bush administration's "hostile" policy     
July 5, 2006: North test-fires seven missiles, including a long-range Taepodong-2 which explodes after 40 seconds     

July 15, 2006: UN security council adopts Resolution 1695, demanding halt to all ballistic missile activity and banning trade in missile-related items with the North     

Oct 9, 2006: North conducts underground nuclear test, its first     

Oct 14, 2006: security council approves Resolution 1718, demanding a halt to missile and nuclear tests. Bans the supply of items related to the programs and of other weapons     

April 5, 2009: North Korea launches long-range rocket which flies over Japan and lands in the Pacific, in what it says is an attempt to put a satellite into orbit. The United States, Japan and South Korea see it as a disguised test of a Taepodong-2     

April 13, 2009: UN security council unanimously condemns launch, agrees to tighten existing sanctions. North quits nuclear disarmament talks in protest and vows to restart its plutonium program     

May 25, 2009: North conducts its second underground nuclear test, several times more powerful than the first     

June 12, 2009: Security council passes Resolution 1874, imposing tougher sanctions on the North's atomic and ballistic missile programs     

July 4, 2009: North test-fires seven ballistic missiles off its east coast     

Feb 18, 2011: Satellite images show the North has completed a launch tower at its new west coast missile base at Tongchang-ri, experts say     

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May 15, 2011: North Korea and Iran are suspected of sharing ballistic missile technology, according to a UN sanctions report, diplomats say     

March 16, 2012: North Korea announces it will launch a long-range rocket between April 12-16 to put a satellite into orbit     

April 13, 2012: Rocket is launched from the Tongchang-ri base but disintegrates soon after blast-off and falls into the ocean     

December 1, 2012: North Korea announces it will launch another rocket in December, triggering condemnation from its foes and concern from ally China     

December 9, 2012: Pyongyang says the launch may be delayed, as analysts say technical problems or snow may be hampering preparations     

December 12, 2012: North Korea launches the multi-stage rocket. Japan says it passed over its southern island chain of Okinawa but it did not attempt an interception

- AP

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