North Korea: History

  1. 1945

    After World War II, Japanese occupation of Korea ends with Soviet troops occupying the north and United States troops occupying the south.

  2. 1948

    The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is proclaimed and is headed by Kim Il-sung.

  3. 1950

    The south declares independence, sparking a North Korean invasion and the Korean War.

  4. 1953

    An armistice signed in 1953 ends the Korean War.

  5. 1996

    Widespread floods lead to a severe famine, prompting international aid in the form of food support.

  6. 2002

    The U.S., Japan, and South Korea halt oil shipments to North Korea after North Korea reportedly admits to developing a uranium-based nuclear program.

  7. 2006

    North Korea conducts its first nuclear weapons test, prompting economic and commercial sanctions from the United Nations.

  8. 2010

    The government relaxes free market restrictions after a 2009 currency revaluation wiped out much of the nation's cash savings.

  9. 2013

    The United Nations approves new economic sanctions against North Korea after the nation stages another nuclear test. Additionally, China restricts exporting items that could be used to make nuclear weapons to North Korea.

  10. 2015

    The U.S. imposes new sanctions on North Korea, including sanctions targeting the military, as well as the banking and shipping industries.


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