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Possible Evidence of the Failed March 22 Missile Test

Possible Evidence of the Failed March 22 Missile Test

Reports originating from South Korean and US sources indicate that at 7:00 AM (local time) on March 22, North Korea failed in an attempt to launch a ballistic missile. These reports stated that “North Korea fired one missile from an area near the Wonsan Air Base this morning but it’s presumed to have failed…” and that the missile [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Waiting for Godot?

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Waiting for Godot?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. New commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site collected on March 30 shows little change from the previous day. The facility, particularly the North Portal, appears able to support a new nuclear test at any time of the North’s choosing. However, [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Test or No Test?

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Test or No Test?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. While commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from March 28 showed heightened activity, imagery from March 29 shows considerably less. At the North Portal, no vehicles or trailers are readily visible anymore, which suggests that whatever was [...]

Heightened Activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Heightened Activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. New commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from March 28 shows a heightened level of activity over the past few days. Despite the recent snowfall, there has been continued pumping of water out of the North Portal, presumably to keep the tunnels [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: New Activity at the North Portal

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: New Activity at the North Portal

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez and Jack Liu. New commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from March 25 shows the continued presence of three to four vehicles or equipment trailers at the entrance to the North Portal. The texture of the ground from the portal entrance past the vehicles or [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Possible Vehicles Located at Tunnel Entrance

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Possible Vehicles Located at Tunnel Entrance

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site indicates the presence of possibly four or five vehicles or trailers at the entrance to the North Portal, the site of North Korea’s past four nuclear tests. If these vehicles are related to test [...]

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