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That Ain’t My Truck: Where North Korea Assembled Its Chinese Transporter-Erector-Launchers

That Ain’t My Truck: Where North Korea Assembled Its Chinese Transporter-Erector-Launchers

This article is co-authored by Jeffrey Lewis, Melissa Hanham and Amber Lee. On April 15, 2012, North Korea paraded what appeared to be six road-mobile missiles, quickly identified in the media as KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), through Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. Attention immediately focused on these unusual vehicles, [...]

Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility

Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea may be preparing the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-ri”) for a more robust rocket test program in the future involving larger space launch vehicles and road-mobile ballistic missiles able to attack targets [...]

Real Fake Missiles: North Korea’s ICBM Mockups Are Getting Scary Good

Real Fake Missiles: North Korea’s ICBM Mockups Are Getting Scary Good

This is 1977 photograph of a mockup of an MX missile, later named the Peacekeeper. We begin our discussion of North Korea’s Hwaseong-13 road-mobile, intercontinental ballistic missile with this image to make a point that should be obvious: It is not unusual for countries to build mockups or simulators of missiles as an early step in the process [...]

Pit or Get Off the Shot: Is North Korea Going to Flight Test the Musudan or Not?

Pit or Get Off the Shot: Is North Korea Going to Flight Test the Musudan or Not?

So, are the North Koreans going to test a fricking Musudan or what? Along with many of my close friends from my days as a research assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), one of my first bosses was a rather colorful retired Army Colonel who would respond to our youthful indecision with a metaphor involving bodily [...]

Update on North Korean Rocket Test Facilities: No Imminent Launches, But…

Update on North Korean Rocket Test Facilities: No Imminent Launches, But…

A 38 North exclusive, with analysis by Nick Hansen  Summary Despite rising tensions in the aftermath of new United Nations Security Council sanctions imposed on North Korea and Pyongyang’s pronouncements at the end of 2012 that it would conduct additional rocket tests, new commercial satellite imagery collected from January 2013 through [...]

Frienemies: The North’s Nuclear Test Was Bad Enough, The South Shouldn’t Make It Worse

Frienemies: The North’s Nuclear Test Was Bad Enough, The South Shouldn’t Make It Worse

With its most recent nuclear test, North Korea claims to have detonated a warhead small enough to arm its arsenal of ballistic missiles, including the Nodong. Some of my colleagues doubt the North Koreans, but I am inclined to take them at their word. The prospect that Pyongyang may deploy a small arsenal of nuclear-armed missiles naturally raises [...]

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