President Moon Jae-in was invited to speak at the Körber Foundation(Stiftung) in Berlin, where he announced “Berlin” peace initiatives for the Korean Peninsula.
- Returning to the June 15 Joint Declaration and October fourth Summit Declaration
- Pursuing denuclearization of North Korea that guarantees the security of the North Korean regime
- Establishing a permanent peace regime on the Korean Peninsula
- Drawing a new economic map on the Korean Peninsula
- Pursuing non-political exchange and cooperation projects
|September third||North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test at the Punggyeri nuclear test site, creating a temporary geopolitical crisis on the Korean Peninsula.|
|September 21st||President Moon Jae-in attended the UN General Assembly in New York. In his keynote speech at the event, Moon announced “PyeongChang Peace Initiatives” under which the South planned to draw North Korea’s participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics to turn it into an Olympics of Peace and build a momentum for the resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue.|
During his address at the National Assembly, President Moon Jae-in unveiled five principles for achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula.
- No armed conflicts on the Korean Peninsula
- Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
- Taking a primary role in resolving the inter-Korean issue
- Peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue
- Stern response to any North Korean provocation
|January first||North Korean leader Kim Jong-un indicated in his New Year’s speech the possibility of sending North Korean delegates and athletes to the Winter Olympics in the South.|
Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, sat down with each other for high-level inter-Korean talks at the Peace House of Panmunjeom.
- North Korea’s participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics
- Easing of military tension between the two Koreas
- Reinvigorating inter-Korean exchange and cooperation
- Adoption of a joint press statement including the pledge to respect the agreements made during the previous inter-Korean summits
|February ninth||A North Korean high-level delegation, including North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister and deputy director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, Kim Yo-jong, and the head of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the North, Kim Yong-nam, attended the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.|
President Moon Jae-in invited the high-ranking North Korean delegation to a luncheon meeting at the presidential office.
Kim Yo-jong delivered North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s letter to President Moon.
|March fifth||A five-member South Korean delegation, including National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong and National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon, visited North Korea and met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.|
|March sixth||The South Korean delegation returned to the South and held a media briefing at the presidential office, where they announced an agreement to hold the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit in late April.|
|March ninth||U.S. President Donald Trump accepted North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s proposal they meet with each other.|
|March 15th||The government launched the preparation committee for the inter-Korean summit.|
Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, held working-level inter-Korean talks at the Tongilgak building on the northern side of Panmunjeom.
They adopted a three-point joint press statement, confirming the plan to hold an inter-Korean summit on April 27th.
A South Korean art troupe put on a performance twice in Pyongyang under the title “Spring Comes.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju watched a performance by the South Korean art troupe on April first.
During the third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party presided over by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang on April 20th, North Korea declared to end the simultaneous pursuit of nuclear weapons and economic growth and instead pursue economic growth and peace.
The North also said it will discontinue nuclear and missile tests and close down its main nuclear testing facility in Punggye-ri in Kilju County in North Hamgyong Province.
|April 27th||The top leaders of the two Koreas are set to meet one another during the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit at Panmunjeom.|
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un makes second visit to China
Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Dalian, Liaoning Province
|May 9||U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes second visit to North Korea, meets Kim Jong-un and discusses denuclearization|
Secretary Pompeo returns home with 3 Korean Americans who were detained in North Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump announces via Twitter that he will hold summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12
|May 12||North Korea's Foreign Ministry announces the North invited journalists from South Korea, the U.S., China, Russia and Britain to an event showcasing the dismantlement of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in Kilju County, North Hamgyong Province|
North Korea informs South Korea it is indefinitely postponing high-level bilateral talks, raising issue with the joint South Korea-U.S. Max Thunder military exercises
North Korea' First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-kwan releases a statement
"Pyongyang will reconsider the North Korea-U.S. summit if it comes under pressure to unilaterally abandon its nuclear program"
|May 17||Chairman of North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, Ri Son-gwon, says it will be difficult to continue talks with South Korea unless key issues are resolved|
|May 18||North Korea refuses to accept a list of South Korean reporters invited to attend the event showcasing the dismantlement of the Punggye-ri test site|
(May 23, Korean time)
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a summit at the White House
|May 23||North Korea allows South Korean journalists to cover the dismantlement of the Punggye-ri test site|
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui issues a statement over Washington mentioning the possibility of adopting the Libya model when dealing with Pyongyang
"North Korea could make the U.S. suffer a terrible tragedy that it has never experienced or imagined before"
North Korea dismantles Punggye-ri test site in the presence of foreign journalists
President Trump cancels summit with North Korea in a letter to Kim Jong-un
North Korea' First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-kwan releases a statement
"North Korea is willing to talk with the U.S. to resolve issues any time and in any format"
President Trump hints U.S.-North Korea summit could open on June 12
President Moon and Kim Jong-un
hold their second summit in Tongilgak on the northern side of Panmunjeom
Koreas hold high-level talks at the Peace House on the southern side of Panmunjeom
-discuss ways to implement the Panmunjeom Declaration
-agree to establish a joint liaison office in the Gaeseong Industrial Complex
-finalize dates for working-level talks
(follow-up talks on arranging high-level military talks, Red Cross talks, railways, roads and forestry talks, cultural and sports exchanges and a performance by a North Korean art troupe in Seoul)
|June 8||South Korean delegation led by Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung visits the Gaeseong Industrial Complex to prepare for the opening of the liaison office|
Kim Jong-un and President Trump
hold summit on Sentosa island in Singapore and sign a four-point agreement under which they:
-agree to establish new U.S.-North Korea ties
-agree to exert joint efforts toward establishing a peace regime
-reaffirm the Panmunjeom Declaration and vowed efforts for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
-commit to work toward recovering the remains of prisoners of war or soldiers declared missing in action during the Korean War
Koreas hold high-level military talks in Tongilgak
-adopt a joint statement and agree to fully restore military communication lines in the East Sea and Yellow Sea
President Moon receives Secretary Pompeo in audience
Secretary Pompeo shares results of U.S.-North Korea summit
Foreign ministers of South Korea, U.S. and Japan hold talks in Seoul
Koreas hold sports cooperation talks at the Peace House
-agree to hold basketball match in Pyongyang in July and in Seoul in the fall
-agree to make a joint entrance at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia and to field joint teams for several events in the Asian Games
|June 19||South Korea and the U.S. announce they will suspend the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise|
South Korean delegation visits the Gaeseong Industrial Complex as part of preparations for the joint liaison office
Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold summit in Beijing
Koreas hold 12th Red Cross talks at Mount Geumgang
-agree to hold family reunions in August
-agree to repair the reception house at Mount Geumgang
South Korea and the U.S. indefinitely suspend Korean Marine Exchange Program training exercises
|June 25||Koreas hold working-level talks on reconnecting the East Sea and Yellow Sea district military communication lines|
Koreas hold talks on railway cooperation at the Peace House
-agree to reconnect the western Gyeongui Line and the eastern East Sea Line and to modernize the section linking Mount Geumgang and the Tumen River and the section linking Gaeseong and Sinuiju
|June 27||South Korea sends delegation to Mount Geumgang to prepare for family reunions|
Koreas hold working-level talks on road cooperation at Tongilgak
-agree to modernize the road linking Pyongyang and Gaeseong and the road linking Goseong and Wonsan
Koreas resume ship-to-ship radio communication links for the first time in ten years
North Korea and the U.S. launch negotiations at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjeom on the implementation of agreements reached during their first summit in June 2018.
South Korea begins repair work for the establishment of the joint liaison office
(work focused on repairing workers' lodgings and an office that was used by a joint committee of the two Koreas that oversaw the Gaeseong Industrial Complex)
A 101 member delegation of South Korean athletes and government officials, led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, visits North Korea to participate in inter-Korean basketball matches
Pyongyang hosts inter-Korean basketball matches
July 4 Teams comprising a mixture of South and North Korean players hold basketball match
July 5 Koreas hold another basketball match and hold talks on hosting additional joint sports events
July 3 Koreas exchange lists of people wishing to take part in family reunions (250 S. Koreans, 200 N. Koreans)
Koreas hold working-level talks on boosting forestry cooperation at the Peace House
-agree to modernize tree nurseries and boost pest control cooperation
Koreas continue to hold working-level talks in Pyongyang on hosting additional joint sports events
South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of North Korea's Workers' Party Kim Yong-chol meet in Pyongyang
Secretary Pompeo Visits Pyongyang and meets Kim Jong-un
-North Korea's Foreign Ministry expresses regret over Washington's attitude with regard to Pompeo's visit
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits North Korea for the third time.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sits down with the vice chairman of the Central Committee of the North's ruling Workers' Party, Kim Yong-chol, but fails to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
South Korea announces it will suspend this year's Ulchi Drill
-South Korea decides to conduct Ulchi Taeguk drills from 2019
|July 12||U.S. President Donald Trump unveils a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that was delivered during U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s third visit to Pyongyang.|
North Korea and the U.S. hold a general-level meeting at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjeom to discuss the repatriation of Korean War remains.
They agree in principle to cooperate on the repatriation and joint excavation of war remains.
North Korea and the U.S. hold working-level talks on repatriating the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War
A 5 member group from the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation visits North Korea (July 16-19)
The group discuss a proposal for joint efforts on bringing home the remains of Korean victims of Japan's wartime forced labor from Japan
July 17 Koreas fully restore their military communication line in the Yellow Sea district
|July 24||Koreas inspect section linking Gaeseong and Sinuiju on the Gyeongui Line; South-North joint railway research team holds first meeting|
North Korea returns 55 sets of remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War Kim Jong-un conveys letter to President Trump
North Korea hands over 55 boxes of war remains to the U.S.
Koreas hold general-level talks at the Peace House
-discuss disarming the Joint Security Area, jointly excavating the remains of soldiers in the Demilitarized Zone, withdrawing troops from border guard posts on a trial basis and halting hostile activities in the Yellow Sea
|Aug. 1||U.S. President Donald Trump discloses a third letter he received from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.|
|Aug. 3||The U.S. Treasury Department slaps sanctions on a Russian bank and two North Korean front companies for facilitating illicit North Korean financial transactions.|
Koreas exchange final lists of family members for inter-Korean reunions (93 S. Koreans, 88 N. Koreans)
A U.S. delegation delivers a letter to North Korean officials from President Trump addressed to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during the ASEAN Regional Forum in Singapore.
|August 8||Koreas jointly inspect Mount Geumgang area for insect damage to trees|
North Korea proposes holding high-level inter-Korean talks
South-North joint railway research team holds second meeting
In a spokesperson’s statement, the North Korean foreign ministry criticizes the maximum pressure policy of the U.S. and reaffirms that it won’t accept U.S. calls to denuclearize first.
Koreas hold high-level talks at Tongilgak
-agree to hold inter-Korean summit in September
|August 20-22, 24-26||Koreas hold 21st family reunions at Mount Geumgang|
|Aug. 28||U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis mentions the possibility of resuming South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises.|
President Moon's special delegation, led by National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong, visits North Korea and meets Kim Jong-un
Agree on date for third inter-Korean summit
North Korea stages a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of its founding, but intercontinental ballistic missiles are not among strategic weapons that were on display during the event.
U.S. President Donald Trump thanks North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for holding a major military parade without displaying intercontinental ballistic missiles, calling it a “big and positive” gesture.
The White House discloses a part of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s fourth letter to U.S. President Donald Trump.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un requested a follow-up summit to his first meeting with Trump, adding talks are underway to set up a second summit.
|September 13||Koreas hold 40th working-level military talks at Panmunjeom|
Koreas hold high-level working-level talks to prepare for third inter-Korean summit
-agree that President Moon will travel to North Korea via a direct flight route between Incheon and Pyongyang
-agree to air live major events of the summit, including the moment President Moon and Kim Jong-un meet
Koreas open joint liaison office, establishing first 24/7 inter-Korean communication channel
President Moon and Kim Jong-un
hold their third summit in Pyongyang
The top leaders of South and North Korea adopt the Pyongyang Declaration containing measures to accomplish denuclearization.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issues a statement heralding the beginning of negotiations to transform Washington-Pyongyang relations through the rapid denuclearization of the North.
Secretary Pompeo says the U.S. proposed talks between high-ranking officials of the two countries in Vienna, Austria.
Secretary Pompeo invites North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho to meet him in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a summit in New York and sign a revised bilateral Free Trade Agreement.
President Moon briefs President Trump on North Korea’s position on denuclearization.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech at the UN General Assembly.
President Trump thanks North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for his courage and for the steps he has taken, though he adds much work remains to be done.
President Trump says sanctions on the North will stay in place until denuclearization occurs.
In his summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Donald Trump reveals he received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a day earlier.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Secretary Pompeo accepts North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s invitation to visit Pyongyang in October.
President Moon Jae-in makes a speech at the UN General Assembly.
President Moon says it is the international community’s turn to respond positively to North Korea’s new choice and efforts
President Moon suggests peace on the Korean Peninsula will lead to peace for the whole world, calling for UN participation in Korean Peninsula issues.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho makes a speech at the UN General Assembly.
Minister Ri says North Korea has a firm will to denuclearize, but needs to have trust in the U.S.
Minister Ri says without that trust, there is no way the North will unilaterally disarm itself.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits North Korea for the fourth time.
Secretary Pompeo meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang before meeting with President Moon Jae-in in Seoul.
U.S. President Donald Trump says his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be held after the mid-term elections in November.
President Trump says three or four places are being discussed as a possible venue for the second summit.
South and North Korea hold high-level talks at the Peace House in the south of the truce village of Panmunjeom.
They agree to hold the groundbreaking ceremony for a joint project to connect and modernize railways and roads in late November or early December.
|Oct. 19||The U.S. Department of Defense announces the postponement of the Vigilant Ace joint Air Force drill with South Korea.|
|Oct. 25||UN member states submit two resolutions urging North Korea to implement its promise to denuclearize.|
President Moon Jae-in meets with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Singapore on the sidelines of an ASEAN-related regional conference.
The UN General Assembly Third Committee adopts a resolution on human rights in North Korea for the 14th consecutive year.
|Nov. 20||South Korea and the U.S. launch a joint working group to coordinate their policies regarding denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, sanctions on the North, and inter-Korean relations.|
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis announces a plan to downsize the annual South Korea-U.S. Foal Eagle military exercises scheduled for spring of 2019.
|Nov. 23||UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea grants a sanctions waiver for the planned inter-Korean railway surveys.|
President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a bilateral summit in Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.
They reach consensus that sanctions on North Korea should remain in place until the regime’s complete denuclearization.
They also agree that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s visit to Seoul will provide further momentum to efforts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.
President Trump reaffirms his desire to hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in early 2019.
U.S. President Donald Trump reveals on his return trip from Argentina that the second North Korea-U.S. summit will likely be held in January or February, adding three possible venues are being reviewed.
President Trump also mentions Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to fully cooperate on North Korean issues.
Andrew Kim, head of the Korea Mission Center at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) who played a key role in behind-the-scene negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, meets North Korean officials at the truce village of Panmunjeom.
|Dec. 10||The U.S. government imposes sanctions on three key North Korean officials for their alleged human rights abuses and censorship, including Choe Ryong-hae, the country’s de-facto No. 2 figure and vice chairman of the North's State Affairs Commission.|
The UN General Assembly adopts a resolution on North Korean human rights issue for the 14th consecutive year.
As in previous iterations, the latest resolution calls for immediate shutdown of North Korean concentration camps and the release of all political prisoners in the country, while demanding the regime’s human rights violators be held responsible.
South and North Korea hold the launch ceremony for a joint project to connect and modernize railways and roads in the North Korean border city of Gaeseong.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says in his New Year address that he is willing to sit face to face with the U.S. president again anytime.
U.S. President Donald Trump says that he is looking forward to meeting with North Korean leader Kim, whom he says realizes so well that his country possesses great economic potential.
|Jan. 2||U.S. President Donald Trump reveals in a cabinet meeting that he just received a “great letter” from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.|
|Jan. 7-10||North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sits down with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing for their fourth summit.|
|Jan. 15||CNN reported that a letter from U.S. President Donald Trump had been delivered to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.|
|Jan. 17||Kim Yong-chol, the vice chairman of the Central Committee of the North's ruling Workers' Party, visits Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. leaders.|
Kim Yong-chol, the vice chairman of the Central Committee of the North's ruling Workers' Party, meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and then with U.S. President Donald Trump.
The White House announces the second U.S.-North Korea summit will be held in late February.
Nuclear envoys of South Korea, the U.S. and North Korea meet in Stockholm for working-level talks to prepare for the second North Korea-U.S. summit.
A Swedish foreign ministry spokesperson says constructive talks were held covering issues concerning developments on the Korean Peninsula, such as confidence building, economic development, and long-term engagement.
|Jan. 31||U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun unveils in a lecture at Stanford University that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un committed to the dismantlement and destruction of his plutonium and uranium enrichment facilities during an October visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in exchange for Washington’s corresponding measures. Special Representative Biegun says U.S. President Donald Trump said the U.S. is ready to end the Korean War.|
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun launches pre-summit negotiations with his North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok-chol.
In his State of the Union address, U.S. President Donald Trump reveals his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be held in Vietnam on Feb. 27-28.
|Feb. 9||U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun briefs Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon on the outcomes of his working-level talks with the North.|
|Feb. 14||Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the sidelines of a security conference in Poland.|