US Korea Institute

Saturday February 25th 2017
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Satellite Imagery

Continued Activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Continued Activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Recent commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test facility shows continued low-level activity at many locations within the installation. In particular, the shifting of supplies and equipment as well as additional changes in the texture and pattern of small sections of the tailings pile at the North Portal indicate continuing work inside the [Read More]

Foreign Affairs

The Mexican Origins of North Korea’s Latest YouTube Channel The Mexican Origins of North »

A YouTube account that began livestreaming North Korean television last week is part of network of social media sites that have amassed millions of views for North Korean [Read More]

Uncertain Futures: China, Trump and the Two Koreas Uncertain Futures: China, »

At the beginning of the Trump administration, the situation on the Korean peninsula is highly uncertain and potentially volatile. During a late January research trip to Beijing, [Read More]


Time to Test Diplomacy with North »

Time to Test Diplomacy with North Korea

One of us experienced war firsthand at the age of 23 serving in the US Army in Korea in 1952. The other first learned about war 20 years later by asking [Read More]

Domestic Affairs

Has Kim Won Hong Sung His Swan Song? Has Kim Won Hong »

Kim Won Hong performs a duet of “Fascination and Admiration” with his wife during a [Read More]

Foreign Media into North Korea: Finding Synergy Between Pop Culture and Tailored Content Foreign Media into »

Foreign radio broadcasting into North Korea has reached a turning point as technological [Read More]

Under New Management: Shifts in North Korea’s Foreign Ministry and Nuclear Communications Under New »

With rampant speculation about North Korea conducting another nuclear test in the near [Read More]

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