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A Quick Technical Analysis of the Hwasong-12

A Quick Technical Analysis of the Hwasong-12

Summary On May 14, North Korea flight-tested a new ballistic missile, the Hwasong-12. This missile was first revealed during the April 15 military parade commemorating Kim Il Sung’s 105th birthday, and has since been the subject of much scrutiny as North Korea watchers try to assess its dimensions and capabilities, as well as what it [...]

North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard: Activity at the Test Stand

North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard: Activity at the Test Stand

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery of the Sinpo South Shipyard from April 29 indicates new activity at the facility’s missile test stand. This test stand was used during 2014-2016 for launch systems verification, and pop-up and prototype testing of the Pukguksong-1 (KN-11) [...]

New Developments in North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Infrastructure—What Does it Mean for the Future?

New Developments in North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Infrastructure—What Does it Mean for the Future?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. The massive military parades in Pyongyang provide great opportunities to gain insight into North Korea’s ballistic missile aspirations, but they are often used to disseminate propaganda and dissemble about its real aspirations and program direction. Rather than parades, [...]

A Paradigm Shift in North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Development?

A Paradigm Shift in North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Development?

In Kim Jong Un’s 2017 New Year’s speech, he announced that North Korea is in the final stage of preparations to test launch an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM). Since then, North Korean media has repeatedly threatened that the launch will occur at a time and place of the North Korean leader’s choosing. On February 12, following [...]

How to Hack and Not Hack a Missile

How to Hack and Not Hack a Missile

With a shortage of good options on the table for dealing with North Korea’s strategic weapons, there is an understandable temptation to look for unconventional alternatives. So-called “cyberwarfare” is definitely unconventional and the appeal is obvious. Whether one wants to meddle in an election, stop an offensive movie release or derail a [...]

Is North Korea Preparing a Missile Test?

Is North Korea Preparing a Missile Test?

On January 19, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that North Korea had placed two missiles on mobile launchers in preparation for possible testing in the early days of the Trump administration. Details are still scarce, and it should be noted that North Korea has in the past prepared missiles for launch without conducting any test. As we [...]

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