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North Korea’s Namhung Youth Chemical Complex: Seven Years of Construction Pays Off

North Korea’s Namhung Youth Chemical Complex: Seven Years of Construction Pays Off

Summary Built during the 1970s with equipment purchased from abroad and foreign financing, the Namhung Youth Chemical Complex has developed into the nation’s “premier petrochemical processing complex.” The facility is a major producer of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and polyethylene sheeting—all critical to the [...]

North Korea’s Nuclear and Rocket Test Sites: Activity Continues but No Sign of Test Preparations

North Korea’s Nuclear and Rocket Test Sites: Activity Continues but No Sign of Test Preparations

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen and Jack Liu. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s nuclear and rocket test sites indicates that while activities continue, there is no evidence to suggest preparations for impending nuclear or long-range rocket tests. Excavation continues on a new tunnel in the [...]

The Tunnels at Punggye-ri: An Alternative View

The Tunnels at Punggye-ri: An Alternative View

In recent weeks, a number of news outlets have reported that North Korea may be readying for another nuclear weapons explosion at its test site. The stories resulted from a remark by the South Korean Minister of Defense, who told lawmakers in Seoul that North Korea had finished preparations for another test at its Punggye-ri nuclear test [...]

Next Steps in Sanctions against Pyongyang

Next Steps in Sanctions against Pyongyang

Recent developments in North Korea, particularly the execution of Jang Song Thaek and the latest series of short-range missile tests, have led to renewed speculation that Pyongyang may carry out bigger provocations in the near future. If the North does conduct a new long-range rocket or nuclear test, it is certain the United States and its allies [...]

News Alert: North Korea Nears Completion of Larger Rocket Launch Pad

News Alert: North Korea Nears Completion of Larger Rocket Launch Pad

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is nearing completion of modifications to the gantry at the launch pad of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). A new eleventh level has been added—one more than previously estimated—allowing the facility to handle [...]

North Korea’s Irrational Approach to Diplomacy—Is There Any Hope?

North Korea’s Irrational Approach to Diplomacy—Is There Any Hope?

This has been a dreadful year for North Korea and its relations with the outside world. Indeed, during his two years at the helm in North Korea, after the death of Kim Jong Il in December 2011, Kim Jong Un, has managed to plunge his country to the lowest point in its relations with the international community, including China. Tragically, North [...]

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