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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 [...]

Underwater Test-fire of Korean-style Powerful Strategic Submarine Ballistic Missile

Underwater Test-fire of Korean-style Powerful Strategic Submarine Ballistic Missile

The announcement on Saturday, May 9, 2015 by North Korea’s official news agency KCNA that the Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un had observed a “underwater test-fire of Korean-style powerful strategic submarine ballistic missile” has caused a great deal of speculation concerning the status of that nation’s submarine launched ballistic missile [...]

The Korean People’s Navy Tests New Anti-ship Cruise Missile

The Korean People’s Navy Tests New Anti-ship Cruise Missile

On February 7, 2015, North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun published an article describing Kim Jong Un’s recent trip to the Korean People’s Navy (KPN) East Sea Fleet during which he observed the test of a canister-mounted anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) from a patrol vessel. Also present for the test launch was Rear Admiral Jin Chol Su, commander of [...]

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