US Korea Institute

Tuesday September 27th 2016
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North Korea-Iran Missile Cooperation

North Korea-Iran Missile Cooperation

North Korea’s ground test of a powerful, liquid-fueled engine on September 20, and the launch of three modified-Scud missiles earlier this month renewed allegations that Pyongyang and Tehran are collaborating on ballistic-missile development. The accusations are mostly speculative, based largely on the apparent similarities of ballistic missiles and satellite launchers appearing in both Iran and North Korea. A detailed examination of the [Read More]


Warning: The Korean Peninsula is Falling into Disequilibrium Warning: The Korean Peninsula »

For centuries, the Korean peninsula has been the fulcrum in Northeast Asia’s balance of power equation. It sits at the nexus of Chinese, Japanese, American, and Russian vital [Read More]

The Gossip Mill: How To (SP)Read a Rumor About North Korea The Gossip Mill: How To »

The Gossip Mill: How To (SP)Read a Rumor About North Korea This week, Seoul’s Joongang Daily reported that Kim Jong Un executed two top officials: Hwang Min, former [Read More]

Satellite Imagery

North Korea Tests New Rocket »

North Korea Tests New Rocket Engine: Test Preparations Seen at Sohae

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. On September 20, KCNA reported on Kim Jong Un guiding a “ground jet test [Read More]

Foreign Affairs

Preventing a Nuclear South Korea Preventing a »

In a report projecting how North Korea’s nuclear arsenal may grow over the next few [Read More]

Paying Attention Helps: Pondering North Korean Signals Paying Attention »

Chickens come home to roost, the swallows return to Capistrano, and years of Washington [Read More]

Sensationalist Squad: Olympic Coverage of DPRK Team Misses the Mark Sensationalist »

Ah, North Korea at the Olympics. A chance for the world’s media to see the DPRK’s [Read More]

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