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After the Party Congress: What to Make of North Korea’s Commitment to Economic Development?

After the Party Congress: What to Make of North Korea’s Commitment to Economic Development?

It comes as a surprise to no one that North Korea’s newly concluded 7th Party Congress was more “show” than “tell,” but the gathering succeeded as a platform for Kim Jong Un to cement his leadership legitimacy and broad policy for governing. By pulling off the event without a hitch and taking the microphone for two long speeches, Kim [...]

North Korea’s Exploration for Oil and Gas

North Korea’s Exploration for Oil and Gas

Executive Summary Despite almost 50 years of exploratory surveys, test drillings, foreign investment and assistance and tantalizing potential, North Korea has yet to definitively identify any proven commercially exploitable reserves of crude oil or natural gas. The reasons for this are somewhat complex, but they can be distilled into three [...]

North Korea’s Ponghwa Chemical Factory

North Korea’s Ponghwa Chemical Factory

By Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Sun Young Ahn Summary Nearly every modern nation must obtain and refine oil to ensure its economic viability, and North Korea is no exception. However, the country’s lack of significant proven oil reserves has forced it to import all of its crude oil and many of its finished petroleum products, while relying [...]

Pyongyang’s Perpetual Power Problems

Pyongyang’s Perpetual Power Problems

While foreign observers and media have fixated on Kim Jong Un’s buildup of entertainment facilities such as water parks, fun fairs and a ski resort, the DPRK leadership has also devoted considerable resources to important infrastructure projects such as energy production, port improvement, highways, railways and airports. However, while it [...]

Start-up of North Korean Experimental Light Water Reactor Could Begin by Mid-2013 if Fuel is Available

Start-up of North Korean Experimental Light Water Reactor Could Begin by Mid-2013 if Fuel is Available

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jeffery Lewis and Nick Hansen Summary According to new commercial satellite imagery, North Korea is nearing completion of an experimental light water reactor (ELWR) that is primarily intended to generate electricity for civilian purposes. The North now appears to be putting the finishing external touches [...]

38 North Video: “Reflections on KEDO: Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, Joel Wit and Robert Carlin”

38 North Video: “Reflections on KEDO: Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, Joel Wit and Robert Carlin”

When the South Korean fast ferry Hankyoreh sailed out of North Korean waters into the cold wind and waves of the East Sea on the morning of 8 January 2006, it carried a sad and somber group of South Korean workers, ROK officials, and personnel from the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO). These were all that remained of a [...]

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