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Thursday August 25th 2016
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Satellite Imagery

Preparations for North Korean Missile Test Caught on Satellite Imagery

Preparations for North Korean Missile Test Caught on Satellite Imagery

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. At approximately 5:30 AM local time on August 24, 2016, North Korea conducted what appears to be a successful test of a Bukkeukseong-1 (Polaris-1, KN-11) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The missile was launched from the country’s sole GORAE-class experimental ballistic missile submarine that was submerged off the port city of Sinpo and reportedly flew approximately [Read More]

Foreign Affairs

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

Ah, North Korea at the Olympics. A chance for the world’s media to see the DPRK’s fittest citizens up close and ponder how unusual a country it is. Yet missing from all this [Read More]

Cold War Communications: The Two Koreas Resume Coded Radio Broadcasts Cold War Communications: The »

A little after midnight, early on the morning of July 15, as most of the Korean peninsula slept, were North Korean spies up late listening to the radio? This was the big [Read More]


Monitoring the Threat: a Timeline »

Monitoring the Threat: a Timeline of North Korean Missile Tests 2013-2016

Introduction by John Schilling (Photo: Rodong Sinmun) In a simpler time, it was sufficient to google “North Korean 2006 Missile Test” and find [Read More]

Domestic Affairs

Now Streaming: Intranet Protocol TV Service Arrives in North Korea Now Streaming: »

TV viewers in North Korea are no longer tied to watching shows at the time they air. The [Read More]

Deciphering North Korean Economic Policy Intentions Deciphering North »

The question of whether or not North Korea might openly pursue economic reform has been a [Read More]

The Fourth Session of the 13th SPA: Tweaks at the Top The Fourth Session »

The 4th session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), the DPRK’s rubber-stamp [Read More]

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