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Lake Yonphung: Launch Site for the Second Pukguksong-2 Missile Launch

Lake Yonphung: Launch Site for the Second Pukguksong-2 Missile Launch

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Frank Pabian and Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. On Sunday, May 21, 2017, North Korea conducted the second test launch of its “Pukguksong-2, solid-fuel missile,” a land-based version of the KN-11 Pukguksong-1 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). However, as was the case for the February test of the [...]

Spring Has Sprung at Punggye-ri, but a Sixth Nuclear Test Likely Still on Stand-by

Spring Has Sprung at Punggye-ri, but a Sixth Nuclear Test Likely Still on Stand-by

A 38 North exclusive by Frank Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from May 18, 2017, shows a relatively low level of activity around the North Portal, where test preparations have been observed this year. However, at the Main Administrative Area, new equipment/material [...]

Going Under Cover: Enhanced Concealment Effort Noted at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Going Under Cover: Enhanced Concealment Effort Noted at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive by Frank Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from May 2 and 3 indicates a low level of activity continues around the North Portal, the tunnel where test preparations have been observed over the past few weeks. Additionally, what appears to be [...]

Debunking the Volcanic Panic

Debunking the Volcanic Panic

Recent reporting has raised the specter of a future North Korean nuclear test triggering a catastrophic volcanic eruption from the nearby volcano, Mt. Paektu (or Baekdu), which spans the North Korean/Chinese border northwest of the underground nuclear test site at Punggye-ri. This reporting is somewhat reminiscent of previous concerns linking the [...]

The Games People Play: Has the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site Transitioned to Stand-by Status?

The Games People Play: Has the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site Transitioned to Stand-by Status?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Jack Liu and Frank Pabian. After almost eight weeks of elevated activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, commercial satellite imagery from April 16 indicates little activity around the North Portal, the tunnel that North Korea appears to have been preparing for another nuclear [...]

Response to So Gu Kim Regarding Geo-Positioning of North Korea’s Past Nuclear Tests

Response to So Gu Kim Regarding Geo-Positioning of North Korea’s Past Nuclear Tests

We at 38 North are always grateful for reader responses and critical commentary that can further the informed dialogue on the topics posted here. We appreciate the questions and comments by So Gu Kim on the recent analysis by Frank Pabian and David Coblentz of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. Nonetheless, we have consulted with the authors [...]

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