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

Major Construction at the Sohae Rocket Test Site

Major Construction at the Sohae Rocket Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary New commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea has embarked on a major construction program at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (commonly referred to at “Tongchang-ri”), mounting six important new projects at the site since mid-2013. This activity, along with [...]

North Korea Halts Construction of New Long-Range Rocket Launch Facilities

North Korea Halts Construction of New Long-Range Rocket Launch Facilities

A 38 North exclusive with contributions by Nick Hansen Summary New commercial satellite imagery confirms that major construction projects at the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground have been halted. These projects—the building of a new launch pad, missile assembly building and launch control center—are designed to handle larger rockets than [...]

New Long-range Rocket Engine Tests at North Korean Launch Facility: Development Continues

New Long-range Rocket Engine Tests at North Korean Launch Facility: Development Continues

 A 38 North exclusive, with contributions by Nick Hansen Summary Satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (also referred to as Tongchang-ri), where North Korea conducted two long-range rocket launches in 2012, indicates that Pyongyang tested a rocket engine in late March/early April 2013. The number of tests and the type of [...]

New Tunneling Activity at the North Korean Nuclear Test Site

New Tunneling Activity at the North Korean Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with contributions by Nick Hansen and Jack Liu. Recent satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site has revealed new tunneling work being done at the West Portal area, the site of the 2009 and possibly 2013 nuclear tests. This activity appears to have begun by late April 2013 and gathered momentum over [...]

New Construction Activity at the Hwanggumpyong Economic Zone

New Construction Activity at the Hwanggumpyong Economic Zone

A 38 North exclusive with contributions by Nick Hansen and Jeffrey Lewis Summary New commercial satellite imagery indicates that China and the DPRK have accelerated the development of a joint special economic zone, located on Hwanggumpyong Island, near Dandong, China. This suggests that the two countries are moving forward with the so-called [...]

Grain Drying: A Glimpse of Daily Life at Yongbyon

Grain Drying: A Glimpse of Daily Life at Yongbyon

A 38 North exclusive with contributions by Nick Hansen, Jeffrey Lewis, Randy Ireson, and Michelle Kae The Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center has been North Korea’s main nuclear facility since the early 1960s when one of the first American spy satellites spotted construction of a small nuclear research reactor provided to North Korea [...]

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