2014 in North Korea

The following lists events that happened in 2014 in North Korea.

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See also:Other events of 2014
Years in North Korea
Timeline of Korean history
2014 in South Korea





  • February 5 – North Korea and South Korea hold meetings to discuss visitation reunions of families separated by the Korean War.
  • February 7 – The United Nations' commission of inquiry on human rights in the DPRK publishes a landmark report, which concludes that the DPRK's government is perpetrating "unspeakable atrocities" against its own people on a vast scale[1] and committing “widespread, systematic and gross”[2] violations that amount to crimes against humanity.[3][4][5][6][7][8]
  • February 10 – North Korea withdraws an invitation to a United States envoy to discuss the release of Kenneth Bae.
  • February 11 – Talks between North Korea and the United States occur, with North and South Korea scheduled to start high-level talks the next day.
  • February 15 – A North Korean cargo ship is allowed to leave the Panama Canal.
  • February 17 – A United Nations report accuses North Korea of atrocities and calls for an investigation by the International Criminal Court.
  • February 19 – Botswana ends diplomatic relations with North Korea following a UN report on the latter's human rights record.


  • March 3 – North Korea announces that it will release Australian Christian missionary John Short on account of his age.
  • March 28 – South Korea captures a North Korean fishing boat that had crossed into their waters amid rising tensions between the two neighboring countries.
  • March 31 – North and South Korea exchange artillery fire across sea boundaries.


  • April 4 – South Korea test-fires a new ballistic missile with a range of 500 kilometres and hopes to extend its range to 800 kilometres so that it can reach anywhere in North Korea.
  • April 4 – A Mongolian-flagged cargo ship sinks off the coast of South Korea, with most of the 16 North Korean crew members reported missing.
  • April 25 – North Korea announces that it has detained a 24-year-old US tourist, Matthew Todd Miller, for "rash behavior" during the immigration process.
  • April 29 – North Korea warns South Korea that it will conduct live firing near the disputed maritime border.


  • May 9 – South Korea's Ministry of National Defense announces that three drones found in their territory came from North Korea.
  • May 13 – An apartment block in Pyongyang containing 100 families collapses.
  • May 18 – Officials report the collapse of a 23-story block of flats that is believed to have killed multiple residents, in a rare public apology.
  • May 19 – An apartment building collapses in Pyongyang, with casualties estimated to be in the hundreds.
  • May 22 – South Korean media reports that North Korea fired shells in a disputed area near a Republic of Korea Navy ship.


  • June 6 – North Korea announces that it arrested an American tourist last month for alleged inappropriate behavior.
  • June 17 – North Korean propaganda videos show that they have developed a cruise missile similar to the Russian Kh-35 model.
  • June 30 – North Korea says it will put on trial two American tourists, Jeffrey Fowle and Michael Miller, for crimes against the state.


  • July - A Russian-funded transshipment terminal in the northeastern port of Rajin.[9]
  • July 2 – South Korea reports that North Korea fired two short range missiles into the Pacific Ocean from the coastal city of Wonsan.
  • July 3 – The government of Japan lifts some sanctions on North Korea following an agreement to re-investigate the fate of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • July 9 – South Korea claims that North Korea has fired two short range missiles into the ocean to the east of the Korean Peninsula.
  • July 13 – Japan's Defence Ministry claims that North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.
  • July 14 – South Korea claims that North Korea has fired dozens of artillery shells into the sea near the disputed border.
  • July 31 - The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace publishes a report pointing to the risk that the crisis in Ukraine could lead to selling defense technology in the black market that could advance the nuclear proliferation of North Korea.[10][11]


  • September 14 – North Korea holds a trial for American tourist Matthew Todd Miller who was detained in April and sentences him to six years of hard labor.
  • September 26 – North Korea acknowledges that Kim Jong-un is suffering from "discomfort", after a three-week absence from state media photographs.


  • October 7 – There is an exchange of gunfire as a North Korean patrol boat breaches the South Korean western sea border.
  • October 13 – Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea makes his first public appearance in five weeks.
  • October 21 – North Korea releases American Jeffrey Edward Fowle five months after detaining him for leaving a Bible at a hotel.


  • November 8 – North Korea releases American detainees Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller.
  • November 13 – Cuba defends North Korea by circulating an amendment to a European-Japanese draft resolution recommending the referral of North Korea to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
  • November 20 – North Korea threatens to conduct another nuclear test in response to a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution passed on Tuesday recommending the Security Council authorise a probe into human rights abuses.


  • December 2 – The FBI launches a probe into a massive hacking attack on Sony Pictures, believing the leadership of North Korea to be responsible.
  • December 2 – South Korea approves a plan by the Christian Council of Korea to set up a large Christmas tree near the border with North Korea despite ongoing tensions.
  • December 3 – Transparency International issues its 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index with Denmark achieving the highest rating and North Korea and Somalia tied with the lowest ranking.
  • December 19 – A South Korean court orders the dissolution of the Unified Progressive Party citing pro-North Korean stances.
  • December 20 – Sony Pictures Entertainment hack
    • The North Korean government denies the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations's (FBI) accusation of involvement in hacking Sony's computers, asking the U.S. for a joint investigation and threatening "serious consequences" if the United States refuses the offer of cooperation.
    • The United States rejects the offer from North Korea and then seeks help from China instead.
  • December 22 – North Korea experiences severe internet outages.



  1. ^ "North Korea defends human rights record in report to UN". BBC. UK. October 8, 2014. Archived from the original on November 12, 2014. Retrieved Aug 21, 2015.
  2. ^ Choe, Sang-Hun (September 13, 2015). "North Korea Says Reports of Abuse Are Produced by Political 'Racket'". The New York Times. p. A12 (print edition Sep 14). Archived from the original on April 3, 2015. Retrieved Aug 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Mirjam (Reuters), Donath (October 22, 2014). "At U.N., China Asked to Back Human Rights Case Against North Korea". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 16, 2017. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "North Korea – Humanity at its very worst". The Economist. Feb 22, 2014. Archived from the original on March 2, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  5. ^ Burnett, Stephanie (August 11, 2014). "The North Koreans Are Unhappy With the U.N.'s Report on Human Rights". Time. U.S. Archived from the original on September 8, 2014. Retrieved Aug 21, 2015.
  6. ^ Cumming-Bruce, Nick (Sep 17, 2013). "U.N. Panel Urges International Action on North Korean Human Rights Abuses". The New York Times. p. A6 (print edition Sep 18). Archived from the original on October 10, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Cumming-Bruce, Nick (March 28, 2014). "Rights Panel Seeks Inquiry of North Korea". The New York Times. p. A8 (print edition Aug 29). Archived from the original on April 1, 2014. Retrieved Aug 20, 2015.
  8. ^ United Nations Human Rights Council Session 25 Summary record Report of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea A/HRC/25/63 7 February 2014.
  9. ^ Ji, Dagyum (January 31, 2017). "Russia, N.Korea to cooperate on railway transport, discuss Rajin-Khasan - Russian government to fund program to train NK experts in field of railway transport". NK News. USA. Archived from the original on February 3, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  10. ^ Broad, William J.; Sanger, David E. (August 14, 2017). "North Korea's Missile Success Is Linked to Ukrainian Plant, Investigators Say". The New York Times. USA. Archived from the original on 2017-08-27. Retrieved September 23, 2017. North Korea’s success in testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that appears able to reach the United States was made possible by black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines probably from a Ukrainian factory with historical ties to Russia’s missile program, according to an expert analysis being published Monday and classified assessments by American intelligence agencies.
    The studies may solve the mystery of how North Korea began succeeding so suddenly after a string of fiery missile failures, some of which may have been caused by American sabotage of its supply chains and cyberattacks on its launches. After those failures, the North changed designs and suppliers in the past two years, according to a new study by Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
    (...) 'In July 2014, a report for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace warned that such economic upset could put Ukrainian missile and atomic experts “out of work and could expose their crucial know-how to rogue regimes and proliferators.”
  11. ^ McLees, Alexandra; Rumer, Eugene (July 30, 2014). "Saving Ukraine's Defense Industry". Washington, D.C., USA: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Archived from the original on August 18, 2017. Retrieved October 7, 2017.

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