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Timeline: Key developments in North Korea’s nuclear weapons

A month after shocking the world with its fourth nuclear test, North Korea has followed through with its plans to fire a long-range rocket, defying outside governments that see the launch as a banned test of ballistic missile technology.

South Koreans watch a TV news program with a file footage about North Korea's rocket launch plans, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. AP Photo

N-Korea launches rocket seen as covert missile test; US to push for tougher sanctions

The rocket, fired from North Korea’s west coast and tracked by the governments in South Korea and Japan, came about two hours after an eight-day launch window opened Sunday morning.

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Satellite images show fuel trucks at North Korea launch site

“Contrary to recent reports, the presence of these tankers more likely indicates the filling of fuel/oxidizer tanks within the bunkers than the fuelling of the space launch vehicle”, the group said on Friday.

In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 photo, Jung Myoung Sook, 61, holds her puppies she rescued at a shelter in Asan, South Korea. In the country, where dogs are considered a traditional delicacy and have only recently become popular as pets, Jung’s love for her canine friends is viewed by some as odd. But others see her as a champion of animal rights. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Poor South Korean woman houses 200 dogs rescued by her in shelter

In South Korea — where dogs are traditionally considered a delicacy — Jung Myoung Sook, a woman of humble origins, has adopted 200 dogs.

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Japan readies military to shoot down North Korean rocket

Japan readies military to shoot down N Korean rocket.

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S Korea threaten sanctions if North Korea goes ahead with rocket launch plans

Urging Pyongyang to drop its plans for a launch as early as next week, the government in Seoul said the move would be a serious breach of UN resolutions and a “direct challenge” to the international community.

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S-Korea halts US poultry imports again after fresh bird flu case

The ban will not apply to imports of poultry meat that has been treated with heat, the ministry said in a statement.

Protesters shout slogans during a rally demanding a restart of peace talks between two Koreas and six-party talks, in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looked Monday to milk his country's recent nuclear test as a propaganda victory, praising his scientists and vowing more nuclear bombs a day after the U.S. flew a powerful nuclear-capable warplane close to the North in a show of force. The placards read "Start the meeting between two Koreas and six-party talks" and  "Peace instead of war." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

North Korea demands peace treaty with US for stopping nuke tests

Pyongyang has called the annual US-South Korean military drills a rehearsal for an invasion, though the allies have repeatedly said that the war games are defensive in nature.

South Korean army soldiers gather to search for suspected North Korean leaflets in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. South Korean military announced Wednesday it has found hundreds of anti-South Korea leaflets near the western portion of the Koreas' border. (Hong Hae-in/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT

Once a bargaining chip, N-Korea’s nuclear weapons are now a symbol of regime survival

Successive unilateral and multilateral sanctions have failed to make North Korea change track.

South Korean army soldiers gather to search for suspected North Korean leaflets in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. South Korean military announced Wednesday it has found hundreds of anti-South Korea leaflets near the western portion of the Koreas' border. (Hong Hae-in/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT

South Korea fires warning shots after North Korean ‘object’ seen

It is the first time shots have been fired in what has so far been a Cold War-style standoff between the Koreas in the wake of the North’s nuclear test one week ago.

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South Korea leader calls for Chinese help to punish North Korea

Park Geun-hye’s comments came as Seoul said North Korea had flown leaflets across the border describing her and her government as “mad dogs” as Cold War-style propaganda warfare continued between the rivals.

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Watch: US B-52 bomber flies low over S Korea as a sign of force against N Korea

During the 1991 Gulf War, B-52 bombers dropped 40 percent of the ordnance on Iraq. With airborne refueling, the planes — now fitted to launch cruise missiles as well as drop bombs — can fly around the world.

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Kim Jong Un visits military as Koreas slide into Cold War standoff

In the wake of the test on Wednesday, the two Koreas have settled into the kind of Cold War-era standoff that has defined their relationship over the past seven decades.

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North Korea says South’s propaganda broadcasts can push rivals to ‘brink of war’

South Korea’s loudspeaker broadcasts aimed at North Korea push the rivals to the “brink of war,” a top North Korean official has told a propaganda rally

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Now North Korea plays loudspeaker at South Korea

South Korea has ramped up its anti-North propaganda by blasting K-pop music at full blast from across the border.