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North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Possible Vehicles Located at Tunnel Entrance

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Possible Vehicles Located at Tunnel Entrance

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site indicates the presence of possibly four or five vehicles or trailers at the entrance to the North Portal, the site of North Korea’s past four nuclear tests. If these vehicles are related to test [...]

North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Scud-ER Launch Site Visible; Activity at Vertical Engine Test Stand

North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Scud-ER Launch Site Visible; Activity at Vertical Engine Test Stand

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. and Jack Liu. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station shows the probable location of the recent Scud-ER launch. Inside the facility, the environmental cover has been moved to the Vertical Test Stand, either for maintenance or [...]

Insurgency in the DPRK? Post-regime Insurgency in Comparative Perspective

Insurgency in the DPRK? Post-regime Insurgency in Comparative  Perspective

Instability in the DPRK could have many sources, ranging from internal political strife to economic collapse to a renewal of intense armed conflict with the ROK and its allies. Regardless of origin, instability could lead to the collapse of the regime, which could in turn open the door to potential civil war inside the DPRK as well as resistance [...]

One More Time With Feeling: Clarification on Analysis of the Next Nuclear Test

One More Time With Feeling: Clarification on Analysis of the Next Nuclear Test

38 North has already published a follow-up to the groundbreaking (no pun intended) analysis by Frank Pabian and David Coblentz on North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, which revealed its potential for additional testing with significantly higher yields. However, the South Korean press continues to print articles suggesting that the [...]

Editor’s Note: Clarification On Analysis of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Editors' Note: In the March 10 article North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Analysis Reveals Its Potential for Additional Testing with Significantly Higher Yields, by Frank Pabian and David Coblentz, we want to be clear that neither the article’s authors nor 38 North made any prediction about the expected yield of any future test at [...]

Preparations for a Future Test Continue at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Preparations for a Future Test Continue at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Summary New commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from March 7  indicates activity at the North Portal, Main Administrative Area and Command Center. The sum of these activities supports an assessment that North Korea continues to prepare the tunnels at the [...]

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