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A New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile for North Korea

A New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile for North Korea

Summary North Korea has revealed images of a submarine-launched ballistic missile test indicating that it has abandoned the liquid-fuel design that has consistently failed in the past and switched to a more robust solid-propellant system that will have a better chance of actually working in an operational environment. The new design is still in [...]

More Rockets in Kim Jong Un’s Pockets: North Korea Tests A New Artillery System

More Rockets in Kim Jong Un’s Pockets: North Korea Tests A New Artillery System

On Friday, March 4, North Korea showed off a new “large-caliber” artillery rocket system. In this context, large-caliber probably means between 300-400 mm. North Korea appears to have tested the system from its coastal test range at Wonsan, with the projectiles flying about 150 km. (Photo: Rodong Sinmun) Although Kim Jong Un watched [...]

Let the Hawks Soar

Let the Hawks Soar

With less than three months left before the 7th Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) Congress is scheduled to convene in May, Kim Jong Un appears to be appointing hardliners to key national security positions. The growing prominence of these officials—party cadres and military officers who support a more belligerent policy toward the ROK, the United [...]

North Korea Drones On: Redeux

North Korea Drones On: Redeux

This article is an updated version of “North Korea Drones On” by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., published on 38 North on July 1, 2014. The recent revelation that a North Korean unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, sometimes called drone) crossed south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) combined with the April 2012 presentation of domestically manufactured [...]

What is Left to Sanction? Options for Responding to the Next North Korean Provocation

What is Left to Sanction? Options for Responding to the Next North Korean Provocation

By design, the UN Security Council is a reactive architect of sanctions regimes; its measures addressing North Korean nuclear and missile programs demonstrates this clearly. The 15-country body created an initial round of sanctions in 2006 in response to the North’s first nuclear test, expanded on the measures after its second test in 2009, and [...]

The Rise and Fall of General Hyon Yong Chol

The Rise and Fall of General Hyon Yong Chol

  Kim Jong Un dismissed Hyon Yong Chol as North Korea’s minister of defense around April 30, 2015—this much we know, but little else about his fate is certain. South Korean intelligence reported the following month that the regime executed Hyon, but in truth, it remains unclear today if he is dead or alive. If South Korean [...]

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