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North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: All Quiet for the Moment

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: All Quiet for the Moment

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu Since speculation that North Korea was on the verge of conducting its fourth nuclear test in late April 2014, activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site has come to a standstill. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that there is virtually no activity at either area where North Korea might [...]

Update on North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Rapid Construction of Possible New Launch Complex

Update on North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Rapid Construction of Possible New Launch Complex

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen and Jack Liu. Summary New commercial satellite imagery from May 10, 2014, indicates that North Korea is conducting a number of important construction projects at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-ri”). While it is too soon to make a definitive judgment on their purpose, one [...]

Why a Nuclear Test May Not Be Imminent: Update on North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Why a Nuclear Test May Not Be Imminent: Update on North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen and Jack Liu For the past month, the international community has been on edge expecting a fourth North Korean nuclear test, which the South Korean Foreign Minister recently characterized as a “game changer.” The high level of anxiety has been the result of a stream of warnings emanating [...]

Update on Punggye-ri: Stepped Up Activity at West Portal, Drawdown at the South Portal

Update on Punggye-ri: Stepped Up Activity at West Portal, Drawdown at the South Portal

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen and Jack Liu. New commercial satellite imagery from May 1, 2014 indicates a significant increase in activity in the West Portal area of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site related to the excavation of a new test tunnel begun one year ago. At the same time, there appears to be a drawdown [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: April 29 Update

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: April 29 Update

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu New commercial satellite imagery from April 29, 2014 shows that a high level of activity continues at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, probably related to preparations for an underground nuclear test. The imagery indicates: Continued movement and an increase in number of boxes or [...]

Update on North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Test Preparation Continues

Update on North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Test Preparation Continues

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen and Jack Liu. New commercial satellite imagery from April 25, 2014 confirms a further increase of activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site likely related to preparations for an underground nuclear test. However, it is unclear from the imagery whether any test tunnels have been [...]

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