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Sunday April 30th 2017
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Domestic Affairs

The Presidium Shuffle: Personnel Changes Announced Within North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly

The Presidium Shuffle: Personnel Changes Announced Within North Korea’s»

The fifth session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) convened on April 11, 2017. The annual (sometimes semi-annual) gathering of the DPRK’s parliament was mostly business as usual. With the exception of re-establishing a foreign policy-focused panel within the SPA’s structure, there were no major policy announcements and minimal personnel switches. However, the changes that were announced suggest a stronger commitment by Kim Jong [Read More]


WMD

A Paradigm Shift in North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Development? A Paradigm Shift in North »

In Kim Jong Un’s 2017 New Year’s speech, he announced that North Korea is in the final stage of preparations to test launch an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM). [Read More]


How to Hack and Not Hack a Missile How to Hack and Not Hack a »

With a shortage of good options on the table for dealing with North Korea’s strategic weapons, there is an understandable temptation to look for unconventional alternatives. [Read More]


Commentary

The North Korean Parliamentary »

The North Korean Parliamentary Session and Budget Report for 2017

(Photo: VOA/KCTV) On April 11, 2017, the fifth session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK convened at the Mansudae Assembly Hall [Read More]


Satellite Imagery

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Back to Work We Go North Korea’s »

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Commercial [Read More]


The Games People Play: Has the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site Transitioned to Stand-by Status? The Games People »

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Jack Liu and Frank [Read More]


North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Primed and Ready North Korea’s »

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Commercial [Read More]


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