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Monday February 20th 2017
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Finding the Real Site for the Pukguksong-2 Launch

Finding the Real Site for the Pukguksong-2 Launch

On Sunday, February 12, 2017, North Korea conducted the first test launch of its “Pukguksong-2, solid-fuel missile,” a land-based version of the KN-11 Pukguksong-1 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), but not from the facility that almost all media sources have reported. The development of the Pukguksong-2 was not unexpected and the system successfully flew a lofted trajectory, reaching an estimated altitude of 575 km and flying [Read More]

Military Affairs

The Pukguksong-2: A Higher Degree of Mobility, Survivability and Responsiveness The Pukguksong-2: A Higher »

Sources in the United States, South Korea and Japan reported that North Korea launched a ballistic missile over the weekend. North Korea has been hinting at an intercontinental [Read More]

Musudan Could Be Operational Sooner Than Expected Musudan Could Be Operational »

North Korea seems to have tested its Musudan missile seven times this year, with only a single clear success to show for it. But the North Koreans aren’t simply repeating old [Read More]

Domestic Affairs

Has Kim Won Hong Sung His Swan »

Has Kim Won Hong Sung His Swan Song?

Kim Won Hong performs a duet of “Fascination and Admiration” with his wife during a 2012 concert to mark International Women’s Day (Photo: KCTV/NK [Read More]

Human Security

A Serious Human Rights Negotiation with North Korea A Serious Human »

North Korea’s accelerated nuclear weapons development and threats to test [Read More]

Moving Forward on North Korean Human Rights Moving Forward on »

The United Nations (UN) last month opened a long-awaited “field-based structure” in [Read More]

Is the Drought Over? Is the Drought Over? »

After a month of concern, DPRK farmers have received substantial rains in the last few [Read More]

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