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The realities of North Korea’s WMD ambitions are complex but so are the technological developments that make its programs possible. We will help our readers understand both.

When A Cruise Missile Is Just A Cruise Missile

When A Cruise Missile Is Just A Cruise Missile

After the release earlier this week of “Translating a Noun into a Verb Pyongyang Style: The Case of North Korea’s New Cruise Missile,” both the author and 38 North were confronted by Chad O’Carroll of NK News via Facebook and Twitter about why the issue of video authenticity was not addressed in the article. This is our response.  I [...]

Translating a Noun into a Verb Pyongyang Style: The Case of North Korea’s New Cruise Missile

Translating a Noun into a Verb Pyongyang Style: The Case of North Korea’s New Cruise Missile

It looks like North Korea is now in the cruise missile business. Talk about translating a noun into a verb. Although most of our attention has been focused on the many kinds of ballistic missiles that North Korea builds, tests and too often sells, modern cruise missiles are a new and potentially destabilizing addition to North Korea’s missile [...]

Loopholes in UN Sanctions against North Korea

Loopholes in UN Sanctions against North Korea

The latest United Nations report on North Korean sanctions has once again highlighted the role of foreign companies in cases of UN sanctions evasion. The March 2014 report by the independent Panel of Experts assigned to monitor sanctions against the DPRK on behalf of the UN noted the widespread involvement of foreign companies. A new SIPRI [...]

Time to Go Beyond Incremental North Korean Sanctions

Time to Go Beyond Incremental North Korean Sanctions

Some popular misperceptions of the North Korean sanctions regime include that it is “the most heavily sanctioned country in the world and nothing more can be imposed.” Responding to indications of an impending fourth North Korean nuclear test, President Obama declared the US would consider “further sanctions that have even more bite.” The [...]

North Korean Nukes 2.0?

North Korean Nukes 2.0?

Last weekend, North Korea responded to a UN Security Council condemnation of its missile launches by warning of “next-stage steps which the enemy can hardly imagine,” including “a new form of nuclear test for bolstering up its nuclear deterrence.” Golly, that sounds awfully hostile. A “new form” of nuclear test? My thoughts [...]

“Safety First—Not One Accident Can Occur”: Nuclear Safety and North Korea’s Quest to Build a Light Water Reactor

“Safety First—Not One Accident Can Occur”: Nuclear Safety and North Korea’s Quest to Build a Light Water Reactor

In 2010, when the first Americans were allowed to visit North Korea’s new experimental light water reactor (ELWR), among the signs located at the construction site, one stood out to the group. It was a warning: “Safety first—not one accident can occur!” Early in the construction of the reactor, North Korea appeared to be making a visible [...]

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