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That Ain’t My Truck: Where North Korea Assembled Its Chinese Transporter-Erector-Launchers

That Ain’t My Truck: Where North Korea Assembled Its Chinese Transporter-Erector-Launchers

This article is co-authored by Jeffrey Lewis, Melissa Hanham and Amber Lee. On April 15, 2012, North Korea paraded what appeared to be six road-mobile missiles, quickly identified in the media as KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), through Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. Attention immediately focused on these unusual vehicles, [...]

Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility

Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea may be preparing the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-ri”) for a more robust rocket test program in the future involving larger space launch vehicles and road-mobile ballistic missiles able to attack targets [...]

Real Fake Missiles: North Korea’s ICBM Mockups Are Getting Scary Good

Real Fake Missiles: North Korea’s ICBM Mockups Are Getting Scary Good

This is 1977 photograph of a mockup of an MX missile, later named the Peacekeeper. We begin our discussion of North Korea’s Hwaseong-13 road-mobile, intercontinental ballistic missile with this image to make a point that should be obvious: It is not unusual for countries to build mockups or simulators of missiles as an early step in the process [...]

Major Construction Progresses at Sohae: Possible Prep for Mobile Missile Systems

Major Construction Progresses at Sohae: Possible Prep for Mobile Missile Systems

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen Summary New commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is moving ahead with major construction projects at its Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). While it is too soon to reach a definitive judgment, evidence is growing that these activities are intended to support [...]

Frienemies: The North’s Nuclear Test Was Bad Enough, The South Shouldn’t Make It Worse

Frienemies: The North’s Nuclear Test Was Bad Enough, The South Shouldn’t Make It Worse

With its most recent nuclear test, North Korea claims to have detonated a warhead small enough to arm its arsenal of ballistic missiles, including the Nodong. Some of my colleagues doubt the North Koreans, but I am inclined to take them at their word. The prospect that Pyongyang may deploy a small arsenal of nuclear-armed missiles naturally raises [...]

New Developments at the Tonghae Rocket Test Site

New Developments at the Tonghae Rocket Test Site

A 38 North exclusive, with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary While the Sohae rocket test facility was the focus of international attention in 2012, construction of new facilities at the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground (commonly referred to as Musudan-ri), previously slowed by the typhoons that ravaged the east coast of North Korea last [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.