A look from the sky at what’s happening down in the DPRK.
A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that construction of new facilities at the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground in North Korea has resumed after a hiatus of nearly a year. Those facilities—a launch pad, missile assembly building and launch control center—appear to be [...]
A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen Summary New commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is moving ahead with major construction projects at its Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). While it is too soon to reach a definitive judgment, evidence is growing that these activities are intended to support [...]
A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery has identified two new tunnel entrances and continued excavation at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Excavation in the West Portal area, where North Korea’s 2009 and 2013 nuclear tests were conducted, and the South Portal area may be intended to [...]
A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen New commercial satellite imagery from September 19, 2013 provides further evidence that North Korea has restarted its 5 MWe plutonium production reactor located at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center. Imagery shows hot waste water being released into the Kuryong River from a recently [...]
A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary New commercial satellite imagery indicates North Korea probably tested a long-range rocket engine between August 25and 30, 2013 at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. This conclusion is based on analysis of imagery from before and after the probable test and a combination of [...]
A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen and Jeffrey Lewis New commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility indicates that Pyongyang is probably restarting its 5 MWe gas-graphite plutonium production reactor. Since announcing in early April 2013 its intention to restart this reactor, work has progressed [...]