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Lake Yonphung: Launch Site for the Second Pukguksong-2 Missile Launch

Lake Yonphung: Launch Site for the Second Pukguksong-2 Missile Launch

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Frank Pabian and Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. On Sunday, May 21, 2017, North Korea conducted the second test launch of its “Pukguksong-2, solid-fuel missile,” a land-based version of the KN-11 Pukguksong-1 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). However, as was the case for the February test of the Pukguksong-2, Sunday’s test was not conducted from the reported location, but apparently from Lake [Read More]


Trump and Moon in Harmony for Now Trump and Moon in Harmony for »

Pundits who are predicting discord over North Korea policy with the newly elected Moon Jae-in government may be in for a surprise. Seoul and Washington seem to be singing from the [Read More]

Debunking the Volcanic Panic Debunking the Volcanic Panic »

Recent reporting has raised the specter of a future North Korean nuclear test triggering a catastrophic volcanic eruption from the nearby volcano, Mt. Paektu (or Baekdu), which [Read More]


A Quick Technical Analysis of the »

A Quick Technical Analysis of the Hwasong-12

Summary On May 14, North Korea flight-tested a new ballistic missile, the Hwasong-12. This missile was first revealed during the April 15 military [Read More]

Foreign Affairs

Assessing China’s Leadership in the North Korean Crisis Assessing China’s »

The ongoing nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula is testing Beijing’s ability to [Read More]

Cooperate or Else!: North Korea at Mar-A-Lago Cooperate or Else!: »

Speaking with the Financial Times this weekend, US President Donald Trump discussed the [Read More]

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

Two weeks ago, the United Nations Panel of Experts tasked with monitoring DPRK sanctions [Read More]

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