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Thursday January 29th 2015
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Satellite Imagery

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Restart of the 5 MWe Reactor?

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Restart of the 5 MWe Reactor?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates new activity at the 5 MWe Plutonium Production Reactor at North Korea's Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center after an almost five-month hiatus in operations from late August until mid-December 2014. One possibility is that the North is in the early stages of an effort to restart the reactor. However, since the facility has been recently [Read More]

Foreign Affairs

Obama Comes Out as an NK Collapsist »

Obama Comes Out as an NK Collapsist

So now we know. The truth is out, from the horse’s mouth. On North Korea and its future, the President of the United States has revealed himself as a [Read More]


Chillin’ With the Second Artillery Chillin’ With »

“China Deploys Nuclear Missiles at Mt. Baekdu,” screamed the headline in the The [Read More]

Media Busters: Is North Korea Building a Ballistic Missile Submarine? Media Busters: Is »

A recent article in Yonhap citing unnamed ROK Ministry of Defense sources as well as [Read More]

A Senior North Korean Banking Official Defects? A Senior North »

Office 39 (Image (c) 2012 DigitalGlobe; Courtesy of Michael Madden) Last Friday’s [Read More]

Domestic Affairs

DPRK Agricultural Policy: »

DPRK Agricultural Policy: Chinese-Style Reform or Muddling Towards Autonomy?

For DPRK economy watchers, the last year has been relatively quiet regarding the agricultural sector. Aside from a landmark conference for sub work team leaders in February, and the annual weather crisis (low rainfall in April and midsummer), there was little news. Yet it [Read More]

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