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North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Operations Resume at the 5 MWe Plutonium Production Reactor

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Operations Resume at the 5 MWe Plutonium Production Reactor

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. New commercial satellite imagery indicates that operations at the 5 MWe plutonium production reactor located at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center has likely resumed. Analysis from January 18 showed signs that Pyongyang was preparing to restart [...]

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Possible Resumption of Operations at the 5 MWe Plutonium Production Reactor

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Possible Resumption of Operations at the 5 MWe Plutonium Production Reactor

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery collected from October 2016 through January 2017 indicates that Pyongyang’s campaign to reprocess plutonium wound down at the end of last year and that the North may now be preparing to resume operations at the 5 MWe plutonium production reactor, which [...]

What to Do About a North Korean ICBM

What to Do About a North Korean ICBM

During his annual New Year’s address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced that the country is in the final stages of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile. 38 North hosted a press briefing with former US Secretary of Defense William J. Perry on January 9, 2017. In his remarks, Secretary Perry provided insight on US-DPRK [...]

Sohae Satellite Launching Station: No Signs of an Upcoming Launch

Sohae Satellite Launching Station: No Signs of an Upcoming Launch

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. While North Korea threatens to test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and speculation continues that Pyongyang will conduct a provocation (such as a satellite launch or rocket engine test) to “test” the incoming Trump administration, commercial satellite [...]

Sinpo South Shipyard: Is the GORAE Set to Sail?

Sinpo South Shipyard: Is the GORAE Set to Sail?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery from December 9 of North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard suggests that the GORAE-class experimental ballistic missile submarine and submersible test barge may have recently been or are preparing to go to sea, although it is impossible to determine whether [...]

Assessing the Risk of Regime Change in North Korea

Assessing the Risk of Regime Change in North Korea

North Korea watchers are going to be scrutinizing the country very closely in the coming months for any sign that the ruling Kim Jong Un regime is feeling the effects of new and tougher financial sanctions and trade restrictions. The hope is that this pressure will chasten the North Korean leadership and force it to curb its provocative behavior [...]

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