US Korea Institute

Sunday January 22nd 2017
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Is North Korea Preparing a Missile Test?

Is North Korea Preparing a Missile Test?

On January 19, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that North Korea had placed two missiles on mobile launchers in preparation for possible testing in the early days of the Trump administration. Details are still scarce, and it should be noted that North Korea has in the past prepared missiles for launch without conducting any test. As we recently noted, missile “tests” are often political demonstrations, and often what is being [Read More]


What to Do About a North Korean ICBM What to Do About a North »

During his annual New Year’s address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced that the country is in the final stages of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile. 38 [Read More]

North Korean Missiles Can’t Actually Reach Europe North Korean Missiles Can’t »

(Photo: Pedro Ugarte/AFP) We note with bemused interest that the South Korean government is now claiming that North Korea’s missiles pose a “direct threat to the US [Read More]

Satellite Imagery

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear »

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Possible Resumption of Operations at the 5 MWe Plutonium Production Reactor

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery collected from October 2016 through January 2017 indicates [Read More]

Foreign Affairs

Do You Want Fries with That? Donald Trump Probably Won’t Be Inviting Kim Jong Un Over for Cheeseburgers Do You Want Fries »

This is the second installment of a four-part series on what a Trump presidency could [Read More]

Recycling the Playbook: UNSCR 2321 and Its Coal Caps Recycling the »

On November 30, UN Security Council members gathered for a familiar exercise: to pass a [Read More]

Did The Donald Suggest South Korea Build The Bomb? No, But That Might Be The Outcome Anyway Did The Donald »

This is the first of a four-part series on what a Trump presidency could mean for US [Read More]

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