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Sunday February 14th 2016
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The Kaesong Closure: Punishment or Shot in the Foot?

The Kaesong Closure: Punishment or Shot in the Foot?

On February 10, 2016, the South Korean government decided to cancel cooperation with North Korea in the Kaesong Industrial Zone (KIZ, or simply Kaesong), arguing that the income from the zone had been used by Pyongyang to finance its nuclear and missile programs. One day later, the North froze all assets, expelled all South Koreans and declared the zone a military security area. About 15 years ago, the plans for Kaesong were ambitious: a [Read More]

Satellite Imagery

Pyongyang’s Space Launch in Pictures Pyongyang’s Space Launch in »

North Korea conducted the fourth launch of a space launch vehicle (SLV) on February 7, 2016 at 9 AM (PYT), the third from its Sohae Satellite Launching Station. While commercial [Read More]

Countdown to Launch: Tanker Trucks Spotted at Rocket Fuel/Oxidizer Bunkers Countdown to Launch: Tanker »

New commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-dong”) from February 3 and 4 shows the arrival of tanker trucks at the launch pad, [Read More]

Foreign Affairs

North Korea’s Expanding Foreign »

North Korea’s Expanding Foreign Press Corps

Four years after the Associated Press (AP) mounted its signboard on a wooden door inside an armed compound in Pyongyang, Agence France-Presse (AFP) [Read More]

Military Affairs

North Korea Drones On: Redeux North Korea Drones »

This article is an updated version of “North Korea Drones On” by Joseph S. Bermudez [Read More]

A New ICBM for North Korea? A New ICBM for »

By John Schilling, Jeffrey Lewis and David Schmerler Executive Summary The [Read More]

North Korea: Development of Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Continues North Korea: »

Commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is continuing the development of [Read More]

Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.