North Korea signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT.
1993: When the International Atomic Energy Agency sought that its inspectors be given permission to visit North Korea’s two nuclear waste storage sites, Pyongyang threatened to quit the nuclear treaty though it did not do so eventually.
1994: Pyongyang entered an agreement with Washington, pledging to freeze and discard its old nuclear reactors in exchange for aid to set up two new light-water nuclear reactors.
2002 In January, the then US president George W Bush dubbed North Korea as a member of the “axis of evil” along with Iran and Iraq saying the three countries posed a grave danger by seeking weapons of mass destruction. Later that year, the Bush administration said North Korea acknowledged running a secret nuclear weapons programme breaching the 1994 pact. Read More…