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Underwater Test-fire of Korean-style Powerful Strategic Submarine Ballistic Missile

Underwater Test-fire of Korean-style Powerful Strategic Submarine Ballistic Missile

The announcement on Saturday, May 9, 2015 by North Korea’s official news agency KCNA that the Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un had observed a “underwater test-fire of Korean-style powerful strategic submarine ballistic missile” has caused a great deal of speculation concerning the status of that nation’s submarine launched ballistic missile [...]

The WMD Challenges Posed by a Collapse of North Korea

The WMD Challenges Posed by a Collapse of North Korea

North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) pose a number of challenges, particularly how to find and secure those weapons if the regime collapses. This paper will look briefly at 1) North Korea’s nuclear, chemical and biological programs; 2) activities coalition forces might conduct in a collapse scenario; and 3) challenges posed by an [...]

Korean Unification: Before the Bonanza

Korean Unification: Before the Bonanza

Recent events have brought the topic of Korean unification back into public debate. Republic of Korea (ROK) President Park Geun-hye gave an important address on the subject last spring in Dresden, Germany. Last fall, Kim Jong Un’s month-long disappearance got observers speculating about his health and whereabouts. Was Kim still in power? Was the [...]

The Korean People’s Navy Tests New Anti-ship Cruise Missile

The Korean People’s Navy Tests New Anti-ship Cruise Missile

On February 7, 2015, North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun published an article describing Kim Jong Un’s recent trip to the Korean People’s Navy (KPN) East Sea Fleet during which he observed the test of a canister-mounted anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) from a patrol vessel. Also present for the test launch was Rear Admiral Jin Chol Su, commander of [...]

Chillin’ With the Second Artillery

Chillin’ With the Second Artillery

“China Deploys Nuclear Missiles at Mt. Baekdu,” screamed the headline in the The Chosun Ilbo, ending with a warning from a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, “If China has deployed DF-21 missiles at Mt. Baekdu, it’s a warning to the military alliance among Seoul, Washington and Tokyo.” No, no and no. It’s not a [...]

North Korea’s SINPO-class Sub: New Evidence of Possible Vertical Missile Launch Tubes; Sinpo Shipyard Prepares for Significant Naval Construction Program

North Korea’s SINPO-class Sub: New Evidence of Possible Vertical Missile Launch Tubes; Sinpo Shipyard Prepares for Significant Naval Construction Program

Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that the conning tower of a new North Korean submarine first seen in July 2014 houses 1-2 possible vertical launch tubes for either ballistic or cruise missiles. The boat could serve as an experimental test bed for land-attack missile technology, which if successful, may be integrated into a [...]

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