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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.

The Passing of the Nuclear Torch: The Next Generation of WMD Scientists

The Passing of the Nuclear Torch: The Next Generation of WMD Scientists

You probably missed the obituary. But on July 7, when North Korean media announced the death of the 88-year-old senior North Korean official Jon Pyong Ho, it highlighted an important but largely ignored development in Pyongyang’s effort to build weapons of mass destruction (WMD). While most observers focus on Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile [...]

Next Steps in DPRK Sanctions: Is There a Magic Bullet?

Next Steps in DPRK Sanctions: Is There a Magic Bullet?

Sanctions are a growth industry in Washington. Whether the problem is international terrorism, external aggression, humanitarian crisis, human rights violations, civil war or the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the US government reaches first for its rather ample powers to restrict access of target countries to the international [...]

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 [...]

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