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The Challenge of Predicting Future North Korean Nuclear Tests

The Challenge of Predicting Future North Korean Nuclear Tests

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Summary The latest North Korean nuclear test at the Punggye-ri test site apparently surprised the international community as there were few indicators seen before it took place. Unlike the 2013 test, when heavy activity was seen in the weeks prior to that test, very little preparation activity [...]

Suspicious Activity at North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station

Suspicious Activity at North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery shows a range of low-level activities at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (also referred to as “Tongchang-dong”)—at the launch pad, covered railway station, VIP housing area, launch control bunker and National Aerospace Development [...]

High Resolution Satellite Imagery Shows Continued Tunnel Construction at Punggye-ri

High Resolution Satellite Imagery Shows Continued Tunnel Construction at Punggye-ri

A 38 North exclusive, with analysis by Jack Liu. Summary New high-resolution commercial satellite imagery shows continued excavation of the new nuclear test tunnel (identified earlier this month) at Punggye-ri. Additionally, imagery has identified new activity at the North Portal (formerly known as the West Portal) at a test tunnel under [...]

Sohae Satellite Launch Facility: Three Year Upgrade Program Likely Near Completion

Sohae Satellite Launch Facility: Three Year Upgrade Program Likely Near Completion

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that construction at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-ri”) of new propellant (fuel/oxidizer) storage bunkers at the launch pad and engine test stand appear to be near completion, signifying what is likely the end of a three-year [...]

North Korea: Update on Activity at Sohae Satellite Launching Station

North Korea: Update on Activity at Sohae Satellite Launching Station

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery of Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-ri”) confirms 38 North’s previous assessment that a long-range rocket launch is unlikely on or before the 70th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) on October 10. [...]

New Activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

New Activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates new activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, the location of Pyongyang’s previous three nuclear detonations. While there has been speculation that the North intends to conduct a fourth nuclear test to [...]

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