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

Update on the North Korean Nuclear Test Site

Update on the North Korean Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Nick Hansen.  Summary Satellite imagery beginning in January indicates that activity has spread to other areas at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test site beyond the southern tunnel entrance where North Korea’s third nuclear test was expected to take place. In addition to continuing activity at [...]

Update on Preparations for a Possible Third Nuclear Test at Punggye-ri: Is a Detonation Imminent?

Update on Preparations for a Possible Third Nuclear Test at Punggye-ri: Is a Detonation Imminent?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Summary North Korea’s public pronouncements in reaction to a United Nations Security Council Resolution tightening sanctions against Pyongyang have heightened speculation that a nuclear detonation at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility is imminent. Analysis of new satellite imagery from [...]

After Kim Jong Un Orders a Nuclear Test: Possible Key Installations and Equipment Identified at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility

After Kim Jong Un Orders a Nuclear Test: Possible Key Installations and Equipment Identified at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Summary Based on recent satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility, 38 North has identified installations that may play a critical role in the conduct of a North Korean nuclear detonation. One facility is a command and control bunker located approximately 150 meters from the [...]

Preparations for a Possible Third Nuclear Test Continue; Complications from Water Buildup?

Preparations for a Possible Third Nuclear Test Continue; Complications from Water Buildup?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu, Nick Hansen and Jeffrey Lewis. Summary With North Korea’s long-range rocket test earlier this month and an expected U.S. effort to seek a tough response at the United Nations, concerns have grown that Pyongyang might conduct its third nuclear test. Satellite photos as recent as December 13 [...]

The Unha-3 Launch Day Part Deux: From the Ground and from the Sky

The Unha-3 Launch Day Part Deux: From the Ground and from the Sky

Introduction North Korea achieved its first success in launching a satellite into orbit on December 12, 2012. To date, North Korean media have carried photographs and video clips, both prior to and during the launch, of the General Satellite Control Center (GSCC) near Pyongyang as well as the Sohae launch site itself.  In addition, [...]

Countdown to the Rocket Launch

Countdown to the Rocket Launch

Postscript: Press reports that North Korea launched the Unha rocket this evening were confirmed by US, Japanese and South Korean government sources. At this writing, it is unclear whether the launch was successful although unconfirmed reports have indicated that the rocket flew over Okinawa on its way south. Our analysis stated that the full [...]

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