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Correcting the Record on 38 North’s Analysis of North Korea’s Possible Fifth Nuclear Test

Correcting the Record on 38 North’s Analysis of North Korea’s Possible Fifth Nuclear Test

The recent article, “What’s behind North Korea’s attempts for dialogue?” by Cha Du-Hyeogn, published by NK News calls 38 North to task as “falling for Pyongyang’s trickery” and reporting on “omens” of an imminent fifth nuclear test. Normally, we wouldn’t respond to such comments, but 38 North takes a great deal of pride in its [...]

Camouflage Netting Spotted on North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Submarine

Camouflage Netting Spotted on North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Submarine

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery from May 8 of the Sinpo South Shipyard supports previous reports that North Korea is continuing to actively pursue development of both a ballistic missile submarine and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM). Camouflage netting, intended to [...]

Update on Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indications that a Nuclear Test is Imminent

Update on Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indications that a Nuclear Test is Imminent

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Despite predictions by the South Korean government that a nuclear test appeared imminent to coincide with the DPRK's 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea, that gathering is now ended and there are no apparent signs that a detonation will occur in the near future. Recent [...]

New Possible Indication of North Korean Nuclear Test Preparations

New Possible Indication of North Korean Nuclear Test Preparations

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from May 5 suggests that Pyongyang may be preparing for a nuclear test in the near future. While the test site continues to show low levels of activity, vehicles have been spotted at what is believed to be [...]

Update on North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site

Update on North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. New commercial satellite imagery continues to show a very low level of activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. Whether the level of activity indicates that Pyongyang has made all necessary preparations to conduct a nuclear test on short notice at this [...]

North Korea’s Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile: Continued Progress at the Sinpo South Shipyard

North Korea’s Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile: Continued Progress at the Sinpo South Shipyard

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Summary North Korea’s recent successful test launch of another Bukkeukseong-1 (Polaris-1, KN-11) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) has reinforced ongoing concerns regarding the continuing development of the missile system and the GORAE-class experimental ballistic [...]

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