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

New Activity Near All Three Portals at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

New Activity Near All Three Portals at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez and Jack Liu. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery from August 27 shows new activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Notably, a small number of mining carts are visible on or near the tailings piles at both the North and West Portals; the tailings pile at the West Portal [...]

KPA Navy Upgrades in the East Sea

KPA Navy Upgrades in the East Sea

Summary Although international attention has focused on continued developments in North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, commercial satellite imagery indicates that Pyongyang is also improving its conventional military forces. Notably, serious resources have been channeled into upgrading the North’s naval capabilities. [...]

Upgraded Security at North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station

Upgraded Security at North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea has upgraded security measures for the Sohae Satellite Launching Station and surrounding area. While the upgrades are likely tied to the master construction plan, they may also indicate that the launch facility [...]

Preparations for North Korean Missile Test Caught on Satellite Imagery

Preparations for North Korean Missile Test Caught on Satellite Imagery

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. At approximately 5:30 AM local time on August 24, 2016, North Korea conducted what appears to be a successful test of a Bukkeukseong-1 (Polaris-1, KN-11) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The missile was launched from the country’s sole GORAE-class experimental ballistic [...]

Continued Unidentified Activity at Site of North Korea’s Last Nuclear Test

Continued Unidentified Activity at Site of North Korea’s Last Nuclear Test

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr.  Recent commercial satellite imagery from August 4, 2016 shows continued activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, specifically at the North Portal, site of North Korea’s fourth nuclear test conducted in January 2016. While supplies and/or equipment stacked on the [...]

Little Activity at North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard; Recent Media Reports of New Submarine Pens Nearby Incorrect

Little Activity at North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard; Recent Media Reports of New Submarine Pens Nearby Incorrect

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates no significant submarine related activity at the Sinpo South Shipyard, home port of North Korea’s sole GORAE-class experimental ballistic missile submarine. Specifically: In the secure boat basin, the GORAE-class submarine remains [...]

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