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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 [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Test or No Test?

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Test or No Test?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. While commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from March 28 showed heightened activity, imagery from March 29 shows considerably less. At the North Portal, no vehicles or trailers are readily visible anymore, which suggests that whatever was [...]

Preparations for a Future Test Continue at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Preparations for a Future Test Continue at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Summary New commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from March 7  indicates activity at the North Portal, Main Administrative Area and Command Center. The sum of these activities supports an assessment that North Korea continues to prepare the tunnels at the [...]

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

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

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. New commercial satellite imagery indicates that operations at the 5 MWe plutonium production reactor located at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center has likely resumed. Analysis from January 18 showed signs that Pyongyang was preparing to restart [...]

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