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Tuesday April 21st 2015
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The Third Session of 13th SPA: Business as Usual

The Third Session of 13th SPA: Business as Usual

The third session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), held in Pyongyang on April 9, 2015, was a routine development that followed the customary procedures and produced the expected legislative outcomes. The parliamentary theater was a political non-event underscoring the fact that North Korea’s political system is stable, Kim Jong Un is in full control, North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament has no surprises in store for now, and [Read More]


The North Korean Budget Report »

The North Korean Budget Report 2015: Ten Observations

On April 9, 2015, the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), North Korea’s parliament, met for its annual spring session. As usual, the Prime Minister gave [Read More]

NK Nuclear Futures

The Future of North Korean Nuclear Delivery Systems The Future of North »

Pyongyang’s inventory of delivery systems is a key factor in considering North [Read More]

The Last Word The Last Word »

Any attempt to predict the future when it comes to North Korea is a risky but worthwhile [Read More]

North Korea’s Nuclear Futures Project: Technology and Strategy North Korea’s »

Since the end of the Korean War, the United States has grappled with the security [Read More]


The WMD Challenges Posed by a »

The WMD Challenges Posed by a Collapse of North Korea

North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) pose a number of challenges, particularly how to find and secure those weapons if the regime collapses. This paper will look briefly at 1) North Korea’s nuclear, chemical and biological programs; 2) activities coalition [Read More]

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