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Thursday April 24th 2014
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Satellite Imagery

New Developments at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

New Developments at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that Pyongyang has begun new operations at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. In the six-week period from early March 2014 until April 19, imagery shows an increase in activities at the Main Support Area. This area was used to manage operations and handle personnel and equipment during preparations at the West Portal area for the February [Read More]

Domestic Affairs

The DPRK Political Season: Two »

The DPRK Political Season: Two Post-Mortems

North Korea kicked off its political calendar with a pair of meetings on April 8 and April 9, 2014. Continuing a standard practice of the Kim Il Sung Era, [Read More]


Fire the Speech Writers: An East German’s Perspective on President Park’s Dresden Speech Fire the Speech »

Following up on Aidan Foster-Carter’s analysis of ROK President Park Geun-hye’s [Read More]

How to Piss Off Engagers in 10 Easy Lessons How to Piss Off »

During the past 20 years the world has gained increasingly detailed knowledge about the [Read More]

Shocking, But Not a Game Changer: Unraveling Regime Dynamics in Post-Jang North Korea Shocking, But Not a »

Recently, I wrote a column in World Post on the impact of Jang Song Thaek’s purge and [Read More]


North Korean Nukes 2.0? »

North Korean Nukes 2.0?

Last weekend, North Korea responded to a UN Security Council condemnation of its missile launches by warning of “next-stage steps which the enemy can hardly imagine,” including “a new form of nuclear test for bolstering up its nuclear deterrence.” Golly, that [Read More]

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