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

Geolocating the June 22 Hwasong-10 Test: The Kalma Firing Position

Geolocating the June 22 Hwasong-10 Test: The Kalma Firing Position

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Sun Young Ahn. Summary While the exact location of the June 22 Hwasong-10 (Musudan) ballistic missile test was not reported by North Korean state media, comparison of the ground photos published and recent commercial satellite imagery indicate that the test took place on the [...]

North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Submarine: Probable Post-Missile Test Maintenance; Construction Hall Externally Complete

North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Submarine: Probable Post-Missile Test Maintenance; Construction Hall Externally Complete

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery, acquired five days after the July 9 launch of the second KN-11 this year, shows post-test activity and provides a status update of the Sinpo South Shipyard, the homeport of North Korea’s GORAE-class ballistic missile submarine [...]

North Korea: High Level of Activity at Nuclear Test Site Portal but Purpose is Unclear

North Korea: High Level of Activity at Nuclear Test Site Portal but Purpose is Unclear

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates a high level of activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, specifically at the North Portal area where the DPRK conducted its 2013 and 2016 nuclear tests. Based on imagery alone, it is not possible to determine [...]

Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex: Down but Not Out

Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex: Down but Not Out

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Andy Dinville Summary A comparison of commercial multispectral and thermal satellite imagery from 2015 and 2016 indicates that the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex has not been shut down due to the lack of materials and electricity as has been suggested by recent media reports. [...]

New Evidence of Probable Plutonium Production at the Yongbyon Nuclear Facility

New Evidence of Probable Plutonium Production at the Yongbyon Nuclear Facility

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery shows new evidence that North Korea is preparing to commence or has already begun conducting a reprocessing campaign to separate more plutonium for nuclear weapons at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center. This activity [...]

Camouflage Netting Spotted on North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Submarine

Camouflage Netting Spotted on North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Submarine

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery from May 8 of the Sinpo South Shipyard supports previous reports that North Korea is continuing to actively pursue development of both a ballistic missile submarine and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM). Camouflage netting, intended to [...]

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