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U.S. Relationship

Pyongyang/ North Korea- 04/13/2018
Pyongyang/ North Korea- 04/13/2018

U.S.-North Korea Relations

The U.S. and Korea’s Joseon Dynasty established diplomatic relations under the 1882 Treaty of Peace, Amity, Commerce, and Navigation, and the first U.S. diplomatic envoy arrived in Korea in 1883. U.S.-Korea relations continued until 1905, when Japan assumed direction over Korean foreign affairs. In 1910, Japan began a 35-year period of colonial rule over Korea. Following Japan’s surrender in 1945
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Pyongyang/ North Korea- 04/13/2018

U.S. Assistance to North Korea

In the past, the U.S. has provided food and other emergency aid to North Korea during times of famine and natural disasters, upon request by North Korea. The U.S. does not currently provide any direct aid to North Korea. Currently, there are a number of U.S. NGOs that travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) through private and
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Pyongyang/ North Korea- 04/13/2018

Bilateral Economic Relations

The U.S. imposed a near total economic embargo on North Korea in 1950 when North Korea attacked the South. Over the following years, some U.S. sanctions were eased, but others were imposed. Most recently, Executive Order 13810 was signed by the President on September 21, 2017, in the wake of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear test and
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