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THAAD: What It Can and Can’t Do

THAAD: What It Can and Can’t Do

North Korea’s recent nuclear test and satellite launch have provoked a strong response from the United States, the Republic of Korea and the international community. One result has been a greater willingness on the part of South Korea to undertake negotiations with the United States on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) [...]

More Rockets in Kim Jong Un’s Pockets: North Korea Tests A New Artillery System

More Rockets in Kim Jong Un’s Pockets: North Korea Tests A New Artillery System

On Friday, March 4, North Korea showed off a new “large-caliber” artillery rocket system. In this context, large-caliber probably means between 300-400 mm. North Korea appears to have tested the system from its coastal test range at Wonsan, with the projectiles flying about 150 km. (Photo: Rodong Sinmun) Although Kim Jong Un watched [...]

North Korea Drones On: Redeux

North Korea Drones On: Redeux

This article is an updated version of “North Korea Drones On” by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., published on 38 North on July 1, 2014. The recent revelation that a North Korean unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, sometimes called drone) crossed south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) combined with the April 2012 presentation of domestically manufactured [...]

A New ICBM for North Korea?

A New ICBM for North Korea?

By John Schilling, Jeffrey Lewis and David Schmerler Executive Summary The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) displayed by North Korea during the military parade in October appears quite different from the versions seen in 2012 and 2013, but a close examination reveals as many similarities as differences. The missile has been [...]

North Korea: Development of Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Continues

North Korea: Development of Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Continues

Commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is continuing the development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) at the Sinpo South Shipyard, including planning for a test of the vertical launch tube intended to fire the weapon. These developments may account for a CNN report on October 9—the eve of the 70th anniversary of [...]

From Under the Sea: North Korea’s Latest Missile Test

From Under the Sea: North Korea’s Latest Missile Test

(Photo: KCNA.) On May 9, 2015, North Korea’s state-run media, KCNA, aired a series of still images of a ballistic missile bursting through the ocean’s surface and igniting its main engine, all under the attentive eyes of Kim Jong Un. The authenticity of the images initially released by KCNA is unknown, as is the date of the test. The [...]

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