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Saturday November 22nd 2014
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North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Reactor Shutdown Continues; Activity at Reprocessing Facility

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Reactor Shutdown Continues;»

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen.  Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that the 5 MWe plutonium production reactor at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center remains shutdown after 10 weeks, longer than what is required for routine maintenance. While it is too soon to reach a definitive conclusion, new evidence is accumulating that suggests: 1) the shutdown may have allowed the North to [Read More]

Foreign Affairs

Smoke and Mirrors: DPRK Front »

Smoke and Mirrors: DPRK Front Companies in China and Russia

By Jeffrey Lewis and Catherine Dill Despite extensive international sanctions, many North Korean designated entities continue to do business around the [Read More]


Media Busters: Is North Korea Building a Ballistic Missile Submarine? Media Busters: Is »

A recent article in Yonhap citing unnamed ROK Ministry of Defense sources as well as [Read More]

A Senior North Korean Banking Official Defects? A Senior North »

Office 39 (Image (c) 2012 DigitalGlobe; Courtesy of Michael Madden) Last Friday’s [Read More]

“Chat-to-China” Choo Choo: Kim Rides the Rails Again “Chat-to-China” »

The Wall Street Journal may be edited from somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun, but [Read More]

James Church

Inductive O »

Inductive O

I was out for a stroll in the cool of the morning when across the Avenida da Liberdade I spotted Inspector O shifting uncomfortably in a chair at a sidewalk café that was otherwise empty of patrons. On the table in front of him sat a glass and a small colorful vase [Read More]

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