from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of northeast Asia on the Korean Peninsula. Inhabited since ancient times, the region was occupied by Japan from 1910 until the end of World War II in 1945. After the war the peninsula was divided into a Soviet occupation zone in the north and an American zone in the south. The territory attained its present-day boundaries after the cease-fire ending the Korean War (1950-1953). Under Kim Il Sung (ruled 1948-1994) North Korea became increasingly isolated, especially after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Pyongyang is the capital and the largest city. Population: 23,300,000.
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- proper n. Country in East Asia whose territory consists of the northern part of Korea. Official name: Democratic People's Republic of Korea
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- n. a communist country in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula; established in 1948
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Fireworks on Tuesday, the Fourth of July, 2006, started early, at about 2:45 P.M. when the Ops Center called to say that North Korea had fired a rocket from their east coast Kittaeryong base, seemingly timed to coincide with the launch of the space shuttle Discovery.
This group, which included Douglas Feith and J. D. Crouch from the Pentagon, John Bolton from State, and Eric Edelman from the vice presidents office, existed primarily to make sure no serious negotiations with North Korea would actually take place.
The paroxysms started in January 1968 when North Korea seized the USS Pueblo, claiming the American ship had violated its territorial waters while spying.
For example, the deal with North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program was reached by Rices negotiator, Christopher Hill, in secret bilateral talks in early 2007.
First to take form was the Washington Special Actions Group, established on May 16, 1969, in the wake of the North Korea aircraft shoot-down, to consider policies and actions affecting crises on a worldwide basis.
Just as other crises such as the Bay of Pigs in 1961, the downing of a reconnaissance aircraft by North Korea in 1969, the Soviet rejection of the ambitious Strategic Arms Control proposal in 1977, and Iran-Contra in 1986 had produced needed changes in the way previous administrations made decisions, so the failed Panama coup led to a welcome revamping of the process in the Bush administration.
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Standing there under the twelve-foot-long biblical quotation carved in large letters on the marble walls—“And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”10—Foley said it was as if A. Q. Khan, the Pakistani head of a large, profitable, illicit nuclear proliferation network, had written a cookbook for uranium enrichment, and North Korea was out purchasing the ingredients.
As Fred Iklé once said, “The only thing truly reliable about North Korea is its boundless mendacity.”
Bush himself ultimately authorized Kelly to go to North Korea in the fall of 2002, largely to avoid distracting from Iraq, and called Kim Dae-jung on September 25 to give him the “good news.”