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Saturday March 25th 2017
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Satellite Imagery

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Possible Vehicles Located at Tunnel Entrance

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Possible Vehicles Located at»

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site indicates the presence of possibly four or five vehicles or trailers at the entrance to the North Portal, the site of North Korea’s past four nuclear tests. If these vehicles are related to test preparations, they could be involved in the installation of instrumentation or even a nuclear device. [Read More]


In Response to Leon Sigal’s “Misreading Tillerson” In Response to Leon »

My former colleague Leon V. Sigal was a respected editorial writer in his years at the New York Times, and I’m always eager to read his analysis of diplomacy surrounding North [Read More]

Misreading Tillerson Misreading Tillerson »

During Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first visit to Asia, David Sanger’s lede in The New York Times coming on March 17 was ominous: Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson [Read More]

Foreign Affairs

A Familiar Story: The New UN »

A Familiar Story: The New UN Report on North Korean Sanctions Implementation

Two weeks ago, the United Nations Panel of Experts tasked with monitoring DPRK sanctions implementation, issued its latest annual report. These reports [Read More]

NK Instability Project

Insurgency in the DPRK? Post-regime Insurgency in Comparative  Perspective Insurgency in the »

Instability in the DPRK could have many sources, ranging from internal political strife [Read More]

Assessing the Risk of Regime Change in North Korea Assessing the Risk »

North Korea watchers are going to be scrutinizing the country very closely in the coming [Read More]

Review of Previous ROK Government Policies for Reunification and  Future Policy Options in View of German Reunification Review of Previous »

Despite many differences between Korea and Germany, it may be useful to draw lessons from [Read More]


A New Engine for a New Satellite »

A New Engine for a New Satellite Launch Vehicle?

North Korea continues its new practice of releasing colorful audiovisual presentations of Kim Jong Un watching ground tests of rocket hardware, presumably as a way of signaling constant progress in the development of North Korean space and missile systems. This weekend’s [Read More]

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