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

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 [...]

Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Activity at the Vertical Engine Test Stand 

Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Activity at the Vertical Engine Test Stand 

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station shows continued low-level activity that does not suggest imminent preparations for either the launch of a space launch vehicle (SLV) or engine test. Low-level Activity at Launch [...]

North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site: Limited Activity Continues; Tunnel Excavation Resumes

North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site: Limited Activity Continues; Tunnel Excavation Resumes

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Summary New commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site from April 19 shows limited vehicle and equipment activity at the North Portal and Main Support Area as well as indications of resumed excavation operations at the West Portal. These activities by [...]

Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Limited Activity Continues

Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Limited Activity Continues

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. ROK President Park Geun-hye and the Ministry of National Defense have strongly suggested that North Korea will soon conduct a fifth nuclear test, based on what has been reported as a significant up-tic in activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the run-up to the Party [...]

More Evidence of Possible Reprocessing Campaign at Yongbyon; Progress at Experimental Light Water Reactor

More Evidence of Possible Reprocessing Campaign at Yongbyon; Progress at Experimental Light Water Reactor

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery shows new developments at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center indicating that North Korea has already begun or plans to commence a reprocessing campaign to separate additional plutonium for nuclear weapons. This activity [...]

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