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North Korea, US still at odds over nuclear file in '19

US President and North Korean leader
US President and North Korean leader
KUWAIT, Dec 30 (KUNA) -- The North Korean nuclear file has been like the carrot-and-stick between Pyongyang and Washington, with each party wanting the other to make concede first.
Following are major events related to North Korea's nuclear program.
Feb 28: Second round of nuclear talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam, ended abruptly without reaching an agreement.
April 18: North Korean supervised a test firing of a new tactical guided weapon with a powerful warhead.
May 4: North Korea launched several unidentified short-range missiles, the first since 2017.
June 20: Chinese President Xi Jinping paid an official visit to North Korea for the first time in 14 years.
June 30: President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the first visit of a US president to set foot in the communist state, where they agreed to resume nuclear talks.
Aug. 16: North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast.
Aug. 16: North Korea rejected any further peace talks with South Korea.
Sept 10: North Korea fired off two "unidentified projectiles" toward the Sea of Japan.
Oct. 6: North Korea's chief negotiator said the nuclear talks in Sweden with US have broken down.
Nov. 28: North Korea test fired two short-range missiles off in the fourth test for its new giant engines.
Dec. 3: President Trump said on the sideline of the NATO summit in London that Washington can use force against Pyongyang if it has forced to do so.
Dec. 4: North Korea warned an all-out armed conflict could erupt at any moment, in response to US President Trump statement.
Dec. 7: North Korean Central News Agency said North Korea has carried out a very important test at its Sohae satellite launch site, it results would change regime's strategic position.
Dec. 11: US warned at the UN of dangerous provocations that North Korea might take in the coming weeks.
Dec. 14: North Korea has said it successfully performed another crucial test at Sohae satellite launch site, for the second time in a week and would further strengthen its nuclear deterrent. (end) eng