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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 [...]

North Korea: Test Stand for Vertical Launch of Sea-Based Ballistic Missiles Spotted

North Korea: Test Stand for Vertical Launch of Sea-Based Ballistic Missiles Spotted

Summary Recent press reports have raised the possibility that North Korea is developing the capability to launch ballistic missiles from submarines. A review of commercial satellite imagery since 2010 covering submarine bases and submarine shipyards has identified a new test stand at the North’s Sinpo South Shipyard, probably intended to [...]

North Korea, Hamas, and Hezbollah: Arm in Arm?

North Korea, Hamas, and Hezbollah: Arm in Arm?

North Korea’s arms exports to US-designated terrorist organizations in the Middle East have made headlines twice recently. On July 23, 2014, a US district court ruled that “North Korea and Iran are liable for damages because they provided material support and assistance” to Hezbollah, which enabled the latter’s rocket attacks during the [...]

North Korea Drones On

North Korea Drones On

The April 2012 presentation of domestically manufactured unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, sometimes called drones) during the military parade to celebrate the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung and the subsequent 2014 recovery of wreckage from three that had crashed in South Korea, has raised considerable concern about Pyongyang’s UAVs. While many are [...]

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 [...]

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