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North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Back to Work We Go

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Back to Work We Go

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from April 19 indicates probable trailers near the North Portal, the tunnel that North Korea appears to have been preparing for a nuclear test. While no recent dumping is observed, there are at least five [...]

The Games People Play: Has the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site Transitioned to Stand-by Status?

The Games People Play: Has the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site Transitioned to Stand-by Status?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Jack Liu and Frank Pabian. After almost eight weeks of elevated activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, commercial satellite imagery from April 16 indicates little activity around the North Portal, the tunnel that North Korea appears to have been preparing for another nuclear [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Primed and Ready

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Primed and Ready

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from April 12 shows continued activity around the North Portal, new activity in the Main Administrative Area, and a few personnel around the site’s Command Center. At the North Portal, what [...]

Groundhog Day: Activity Continues at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Groundhog Day: Activity Continues at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Over the past four weeks, there have been unusually high levels of activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, especially around the North Portal—the tunnel in which the four most recent nuclear tests have taken place. New commercial satellite imagery from April 2 [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Waiting for Godot?

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Waiting for Godot?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. New commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site collected on March 30 shows little change from the previous day. The facility, particularly the North Portal, appears able to support a new nuclear test at any time of the North’s choosing. However, [...]

Response to So Gu Kim Regarding Geo-Positioning of North Korea’s Past Nuclear Tests

Response to So Gu Kim Regarding Geo-Positioning of North Korea’s Past Nuclear Tests

We at 38 North are always grateful for reader responses and critical commentary that can further the informed dialogue on the topics posted here. We appreciate the questions and comments by So Gu Kim on the recent analysis by Frank Pabian and David Coblentz of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. Nonetheless, we have consulted with the authors [...]

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