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Upgraded Security at North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station

Upgraded Security at North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea has upgraded security measures for the Sohae Satellite Launching Station and surrounding area. While the upgrades are likely tied to the master construction plan, they may also indicate that the launch facility [...]

Monitoring the Threat: a Timeline of North Korean Missile Tests 2013-2016

Monitoring the Threat: a Timeline of North Korean Missile Tests 2013-2016

Introduction by John Schilling (Photo: Rodong Sinmun) In a simpler time, it was sufficient to google “North Korean 2006 Missile Test” and find that, yes, the North Koreans conducted a single missile test in 2006 along with all the accompanying data known. But things aren’t that simple anymore. Now if you search for information on [...]

Preparations for North Korean Missile Test Caught on Satellite Imagery

Preparations for North Korean Missile Test Caught on Satellite Imagery

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. At approximately 5:30 AM local time on August 24, 2016, North Korea conducted what appears to be a successful test of a Bukkeukseong-1 (Polaris-1, KN-11) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The missile was launched from the country’s sole GORAE-class experimental ballistic [...]

Continued Unidentified Activity at Site of North Korea’s Last Nuclear Test

Continued Unidentified Activity at Site of North Korea’s Last Nuclear Test

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr.  Recent commercial satellite imagery from August 4, 2016 shows continued activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, specifically at the North Portal, site of North Korea’s fourth nuclear test conducted in January 2016. While supplies and/or equipment stacked on the [...]

Little Activity at North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard; Recent Media Reports of New Submarine Pens Nearby Incorrect

Little Activity at North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard; Recent Media Reports of New Submarine Pens Nearby Incorrect

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates no significant submarine related activity at the Sinpo South Shipyard, home port of North Korea’s sole GORAE-class experimental ballistic missile submarine. Specifically: In the secure boat basin, the GORAE-class submarine remains [...]

North Korea’s Hodo Peninsula Training Area

North Korea’s Hodo Peninsula Training Area

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Sun Young Ahn. Located on the Hodo Peninsula, north of Wonsan, on North Korea’s east coast is what is commonly referred to as the Hodo Peninsula Training Area. The Hodo Peninsula has been used as a training area for live-fire testing and training exercises for artillery [...]

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