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Wednesday August 5th 2015
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Assessing Recent Press Reports about Developments at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station

Assessing Recent Press Reports about Developments at the Sohae Satellite»

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Tim Brown. It is understandable that press speculation is growing about what is going on at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tonchang-ri) given the buzz about a possible space launch in October on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK). The ROK Ministry of Defense and others are feeding this speculation. A case in point is a recent article from The Japan Times, [Read More]


NK Nuclear Futures

North Korea’s Development of »

North Korea’s Development of a Nuclear Weapons Strategy

For almost six decades, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) has pursued a nuclear program that has gradually developed in [Read More]


James Church

The 50-Year Rule The 50-Year Rule »

“Inspector! Long time no see!” I spotted Inspector O in the corner of the café where [Read More]


“Inspector O Wins at Chess” “Inspector O Wins »

“I’ve been dealing from half a deck,” I said. Inspector O looked up for a [Read More]


Inspector O Goes to the Movies Inspector O Goes to »

“Seen any good movies lately?” Inspector O was sitting on a beach chair under a [Read More]


Editor's Column

Don Oberdorfer: History’s »

Don Oberdorfer: History’s Gracious Scribe

During his long career as a journalist, Don Oberdorfer, who died July 23, 2015, not far into his 85th year, wrote a lot of newspaper articles. He interviewed countless sources, many of which were or became central figures in the events that shaped history. He traveled, he [Read More]

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