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Is the Kalma Ballistic Missile Test Site Ready for an ICBM Launch?

Is the Kalma Ballistic Missile Test Site Ready for an ICBM Launch?

North Korea has recently threatened to conduct its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Last week, media reports even cited “unnamed” South Korean officials stating a test of a previously unknown 2-stage ICBM “may be imminent.” While the North’s ability to produce a 2-stage ICBM is questionable and validity of [...]

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Possible Resumption of Operations at the 5 MWe Plutonium Production Reactor

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Possible Resumption of Operations at the 5 MWe Plutonium Production Reactor

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery collected from October 2016 through January 2017 indicates that Pyongyang’s campaign to reprocess plutonium wound down at the end of last year and that the North may now be preparing to resume operations at the 5 MWe plutonium production reactor, which [...]

Sinpo South Shipyard: Is the GORAE Set to Sail?

Sinpo South Shipyard: Is the GORAE Set to Sail?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery from December 9 of North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard suggests that the GORAE-class experimental ballistic missile submarine and submersible test barge may have recently been or are preparing to go to sea, although it is impossible to determine whether [...]

North Korea’s Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground: Caretaker Status

North Korea’s Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground: Caretaker Status

Summary Commercial satellite imagery from January to October 2016 indicates that the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground on North Korea’s east coast remains in caretaker status. While construction efforts that began in 2011 were suspended in 2013, routine activity continues, such as minor maintenance and the drying of crops. No launches [...]

Activity at North Korea’s Sohae Launch Facility: Continued Infrastructure Improvements

Activity at North Korea’s Sohae Launch Facility: Continued Infrastructure Improvements

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery from October 8 continues to show a low-level of activity at and around the launch pad and vertical engine test stand at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. Given the absence of activities normally associated with an impending launch, such as the [...]

Is North Korea Building a New Submarine?

Is North Korea Building a New Submarine?

A 38 North exclusive by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Summary Commercial satellite imagery strongly suggests that a naval construction program is underway at North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard, possibly to build a new submarine. While there is no direct evidence that the program is for a boat to carry the ballistic missile currently under [...]

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