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North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard: Activity at the Test Stand

North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard: Activity at the Test Stand

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery of the Sinpo South Shipyard from April 29 indicates new activity at the facility’s missile test stand. This test stand was used during 2014-2016 for launch systems verification, and pop-up and prototype testing of the Pukguksong-1 (KN-11) [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Activity Continues Throughout the Site

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Activity Continues Throughout the Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility from April 25 indicates an apparent resumption of activity (e.g., the pumping out of water) at the North Portal—the tunnel that North Korea seems to have been preparing for a nuclear test over the [...]

North Korea’s Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Program: Are the Tests Poised to Accelerate?

North Korea’s Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Program: Are the Tests Poised to Accelerate?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery from April 19 has identified a second submersible test stand barge for North Korea’s submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) program at the Nampo Naval Shipyard, located on the country’s west coast. The barge appears identical in size (~9 m by 22.5 [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Primed and Ready

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Primed and Ready

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from April 12 shows continued activity around the North Portal, new activity in the Main Administrative Area, and a few personnel around the site’s Command Center. At the North Portal, what [...]

Groundhog Day: Activity Continues at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Groundhog Day: Activity Continues at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Over the past four weeks, there have been unusually high levels of activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, especially around the North Portal—the tunnel in which the four most recent nuclear tests have taken place. New commercial satellite imagery from April 2 [...]

Possible Evidence of the Failed March 22 Missile Test

Possible Evidence of the Failed March 22 Missile Test

Reports originating from South Korean and US sources indicate that at 7:00 AM (local time) on March 22, North Korea failed in an attempt to launch a ballistic missile. These reports stated that “North Korea fired one missile from an area near the Wonsan Air Base this morning but it’s presumed to have failed…” and that the missile [...]

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