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A look from the sky at what’s happening down in the DPRK.

Lake Yonphung: Launch Site for the Second Pukguksong-2 Missile Launch

Lake Yonphung: Launch Site for the Second Pukguksong-2 Missile Launch

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Frank Pabian and Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. On Sunday, May 21, 2017, North Korea conducted the second test launch of its “Pukguksong-2, solid-fuel missile,” a land-based version of the KN-11 Pukguksong-1 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). However, as was the case for the February test of the [...]

Spring Has Sprung at Punggye-ri, but a Sixth Nuclear Test Likely Still on Stand-by

Spring Has Sprung at Punggye-ri, but a Sixth Nuclear Test Likely Still on Stand-by

A 38 North exclusive by Frank Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from May 18, 2017, shows a relatively low level of activity around the North Portal, where test preparations have been observed this year. However, at the Main Administrative Area, new equipment/material [...]

North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Facility Upgrades Continue

North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Facility Upgrades Continue

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu Recent commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station indicate upgrades are in progress at North Korea’s main space launch facility, including new road construction throughout the site, new guard or observation positions and excavation near the [...]

Going Under Cover: Enhanced Concealment Effort Noted at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Going Under Cover: Enhanced Concealment Effort Noted at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive by Frank Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from May 2 and 3 indicates a low level of activity continues around the North Portal, the tunnel where test preparations have been observed over the past few weeks. Additionally, what appears to be [...]

North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard: Activity at the Test Stand

North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard: Activity at the Test Stand

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery of the Sinpo South Shipyard from April 29 indicates new activity at the facility’s missile test stand. This test stand was used during 2014-2016 for launch systems verification, and pop-up and prototype testing of the Pukguksong-1 (KN-11) [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Activity Continues Throughout the Site

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Activity Continues Throughout the Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility from April 25 indicates an apparent resumption of activity (e.g., the pumping out of water) at the North Portal—the tunnel that North Korea seems to have been preparing for a nuclear test over the [...]

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