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Wednesday October 1st 2014
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Satellite Imagery

North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Major Upgrade Program Completed; Facility Operational Again

North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Major Upgrade Program»

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea has completed a major construction program begun in late 2013 to upgrade the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. A key component of that program has been to upgrade an existing launch pad, enabling it to launch rockets larger than the existing Unha-3 space launch vehicle in the future. North Korea is now ready to move [Read More]


Foreign Affairs

The Two Koreas: So Near, So Far »

The Two Koreas: So Near, So Far

There are times when nothing much can happen between the Koreas. This is not one of them. Since I last wrote here about South-North relations a month [Read More]


Domestic Affairs

The Passing of the Nuclear Torch: The Next Generation of WMD Scientists The Passing of the »

You probably missed the obituary. But on July 7, when North Korean media announced the [Read More]


The Fall of Choe Ryong Hae The Fall of Choe »

Hwang Pyong So (1) and Choe Ryong Hae (2) with Kim Jong Un on a field guidance trip to a [Read More]


The DPRK Political Season: Two Post-Mortems The DPRK Political »

North Korea kicked off its political calendar with a pair of meetings on April 8 and [Read More]


WMD

The Passing of the Nuclear Torch: »

The Passing of the Nuclear Torch: The Next Generation of WMD Scientists

You probably missed the obituary. But on July 7, when North Korean media announced the death of the 88-year-old senior North Korean official Jon Pyong Ho, it highlighted an important but largely ignored development in Pyongyang’s effort to build weapons of mass [Read More]

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