January 6, 2016 – South Korea and the U.S. has stepped up joint defense readiness by increasing surveillance activities to monitor the North Korean military. Defense Ministry spokesperson Kim Min-seok held a press briefing in which he stated that the “military held a teleconference of commanders and shared information on the current situation while enhancing the vigilance posture against North Korea”. The U.S. Air Force reportedly sent its WC-135 aircraft from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa to detect any residual radioactivity over the Korean Peninsula.
January 10, 2016 – A B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber from U.S. Andersen Air Force Base flies over South Korea in a show of force.
January 12, 2016 – U.S. House of Representatives passes a North Korea sanctions bill sharpening punitive actions against North Korea.
January 13, 2016 – President Obama decides not to mention North Korea in his final State of the Union address to deprive North Korean leader of the attention that he wants.
January 19, 2016 – U.S. Navy deploys another nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to East Asia in an apparent show of force to North Korea as well as towards China on the South China Sea issue.
January 20, 2016 – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken urges China to impose trade sanctions on North Korea in response and to show leadership.
January 28, 2016 – South Korea and U.S. fighter pilots conduct four-day joint air drill.
March 2, 2016 – U.S. sanctions North Korean government officials and organizations tied to the DPRK’s nuclear and missile programs.
Republic of Korea
January 6, 2016 – South Korea issues a statement pledging to take all necessary measures against North Korea to make Pyongyang “pay the price.”
January 7, 2016 – South Korea resumes anti-Pyongyang broadcasts along the heavily fortified border with North Korea.
January 7, 2016 – National Assembly’s foreign affairs committee adopts resolution to urge the North Korean government to cease developing nuclear weapons and urges the South Korean government to secure major capabilities necessary to develop its own Kill-Chain and Korean Air Missile Defense systems to defend itself.
February 9, 2016 – Japan’s Diet unanimously passes a resolution condemning the North’s rocket launch and urges the international community to quickly adopt tougher sanctions against the regime.
February 10, 2016 – Japan imposes new sanctions on North Korea including travel restrictions between the two countries and a complete ban on North Korean ships to Japanese ports.
January 6, 2016 – China “firmly opposes” the first hydrogen test claimed by North Korea and strongly urges North Korea to remain committed to its commitment of denuclearization and stop taking any actions that will make the situation worse. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency said the North’s claimed test of a hydrogen bomb is “highly regrettable” and thrust more uncertainty into regional stability.
January 11, 2016 – China urges restraint after U.S. B-52 flight over South Korea.
January 15, 2016 – China vows to join United Nations Security Council efforts to take tougher sanctions against North Korea.
February 4, 2016 – North Korea and Russia sign an agreement on the extradition of illegal immigrants staying in their respective countries.
February 29, 2016 – Russia asks for more time to review proposed United Nations sanctions.
January 6, 2013 – United Nations Security Council agrees to start working on a new sanctions resolution against North Korea and “strongly condemns” the nuclear test.
February 4, 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges North Korea to refrain from rocket launch.
February 8, 2016 –United Nations Security Council strongly condemns North Korea’s rocket launch.
February 15, 2016 – United Nations special rapporteur to North Korea’s humans rights situation calls upon the Human Rights Council to arrange to have an official communication addressed to Kim Jong-Un to advise him that he may be investigated.
March 2, 2016 – United Nations Security Council passes new sanctions resolution in response to North Korean missile and nuclear tests.
Other Countries/International Organizations
January 6, 2016 – Foreign Ministry strongly condemns the tests, added that it shows the defiant attitude of the North, and expresses hope that North Korea will cease hostility and seek non-proliferation.
January 6, 2016 – Strongly condemns the fourth test and states that it is a matter of great concern.
January 6, 2016 – Calls the test a threat to stability, peace, and regional security.
January 7, 2016 – Foreign Minister Julie Bishop states that North Korea’s actions fly in the face of international non-proliferation norms.
January 7, 2016 – Reminded Pyongyang that the nuclear test was in contravention to the UN Security Council Resolutions 1718, 1874, 2087 and 2094 and the non-proliferation regime and asks it to refrain from destabilizing activities and reaffirm its commitment to the maintenance of peace and stability.
January 7, 2016 – Describes North Korea’s nuclear test as reckless behavior.
January 7, 2016 – Deeply concerned over the hydrogen bomb test which violated the UN Security Council’s relevant resolutions, intensified tensions, and threatened peace and stability in the region.
January 29, 2016 – Judge orders Singapore-based firm Chinpo to pay a fine of $130,000 for wiring money used to facilitate a shipment of arms from Cuba to North Korea.
Britain, Germany, and France
February 7, 2016 – Condemns North Korean launch as a violation of United Nations resolutions.
February 7, 2016 – Foreign Minister Timo Soini strongly condemns the missile launch and urges North Korea to observe its international commitments and to refrain from actions that increase regional tensions and that deteriorate the security situation in the Korean Peninsula.
February 12, 2016 – Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called for further sanctions to be imposed against North Korea. He called the test a “blatant attack” against United Nations Security Council resolutions.
February 17, 2016 – Liberia joins other UN member states in condemning the North Korean nuclear launch.
March 4, 2016 – The EU passes new sanctions on North Korea in line with UN sanctions in response to North Korea’s nuclear and missile test.
March 4, 2016 – Implements UN sanctions and conducts one of the first cargo inspections of a North Korean ship.
This list was largely compiled with the help of Thomas Lee. Thomas Lee isan intern at the Korea Economic Institute of America and a graduate of American University.
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