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

Assessing Agricultural Conditions in North Korea: A Satellite Imagery Case Study

Assessing Agricultural Conditions in North Korea: A Satellite Imagery Case Study

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) continues to experience seasonal climate variations, drought conditions that greatly put its food production and supply at risk. Over the past several years, though food production remains generally higher compared to production output in the early 2000s, dry-weather patterns have [...]

Sinpo South Shipyard: Is the GORAE Set to Sail?

Sinpo South Shipyard: Is the GORAE Set to Sail?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery from December 9 of North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard suggests that the GORAE-class experimental ballistic missile submarine and submersible test barge may have recently been or are preparing to go to sea, although it is impossible to determine whether [...]

Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Test Unlikely in the Near Future

Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Test Unlikely in the Near Future

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. and Jack Liu. Summary Commercial satellite imagery from November 9 indicates continuing construction activity throughout and immediately outside of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. This does not appear directly related to any recent or forthcoming engine test or satellite [...]

Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indications that a Test is Imminent

Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indications that a Test is Imminent

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. and Jack Liu. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery from October 29 and November 9 shows continued low-level activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility. This activity suggests that maintenance and minor excavation operations are taking place at the North and West [...]

A US Election Surprise? Possible but Unlikely

A US Election Surprise? Possible but Unlikely

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu While there has been speculation of a North Korean satellite launch or nuclear test occurring during the run-up to the US Presidential election, the evidence from commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station and the Punggye-ri nuclear test site suggests it’s possible but [...]

North Korea’s Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground: Caretaker Status

North Korea’s Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground: Caretaker Status

Summary Commercial satellite imagery from January to October 2016 indicates that the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground on North Korea’s east coast remains in caretaker status. While construction efforts that began in 2011 were suspended in 2013, routine activity continues, such as minor maintenance and the drying of crops. No launches [...]

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