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Camouflage Netting Spotted on North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Submarine

Camouflage Netting Spotted on North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Submarine

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery from May 8 of the Sinpo South Shipyard supports previous reports that North Korea is continuing to actively pursue development of both a ballistic missile submarine and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM). Camouflage netting, intended to [...]

Update on Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indications that a Nuclear Test is Imminent

Update on Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indications that a Nuclear Test is Imminent

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Despite predictions by the South Korean government that a nuclear test appeared imminent to coincide with the DPRK's 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea, that gathering is now ended and there are no apparent signs that a detonation will occur in the near future. Recent [...]

New Possible Indication of North Korean Nuclear Test Preparations

New Possible Indication of North Korean Nuclear Test Preparations

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from May 5 suggests that Pyongyang may be preparing for a nuclear test in the near future. While the test site continues to show low levels of activity, vehicles have been spotted at what is believed to be [...]

Update on North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site

Update on North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. New commercial satellite imagery continues to show a very low level of activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. Whether the level of activity indicates that Pyongyang has made all necessary preparations to conduct a nuclear test on short notice at this [...]

North Korea’s Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile: Continued Progress at the Sinpo South Shipyard

North Korea’s Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile: Continued Progress at the Sinpo South Shipyard

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Summary North Korea’s recent successful test launch of another Bukkeukseong-1 (Polaris-1, KN-11) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) has reinforced ongoing concerns regarding the continuing development of the missile system and the GORAE-class experimental ballistic [...]

Update on North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site

Update on North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery from April 28 shows signs of continued low-level activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Based on available evidence, it is not possible to determine whether these activities are related to continued maintenance or reflect that [...]

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