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A Solid but Incremental Improvement in North Korea’s Missiles

A Solid but Incremental Improvement in North Korea’s Missiles

North Korea recently showed images of a large solid-fuel rocket motor test that appears to have been both real and successful. The motor, much bigger than any solid-fuel motor previously seen in the North, is not appropriately sized to be used on any existing missile in Pyongyang’s stockpile. Rather, a more likely role for the motor is as the [...]

Five Things You Need to Know about Kim Jong Un’s Photo Op with the Bomb

Five Things You Need to Know about Kim Jong Un’s Photo Op with the Bomb

(Photo: Rodong Sinmun) On March 9, KCNA and Rodong Sinmun announced that Kim Jong Un had visited a facility where he learned about North Korea’s progress in mating nuclear weapons to ballistic missiles. A subsequent television broadcast included more than dozen still images from the visit. Not only did Kim Jong Un pose with a number of [...]

North Korea’s Space Launch: An Initial Assessment

North Korea’s Space Launch: An Initial Assessment

At first glance, North Korea’s launch of an Unha Space Launch Vehicle (SLV) on February 7, 2016, looks very much like a repeat of its successful launch a little over three years ago. In fact, a close examination reveals that the North appears to have used some stock footage of the 2012 launch in its announcement this time around. But there are [...]

North Korea: Long-Range Rocket Launch Unlikely On or Before October 10

North Korea: Long-Range Rocket Launch Unlikely On or Before October 10

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-ri”) indicates that the fourth launch of a long-range space launch vehicle (SLV), while still possible, is unlikely on or before October 10, the 70th anniversary of [...]

Still No Sign of Launch Preparations at North Korea’s Sohae Launch Facility

Still No Sign of Launch Preparations at North Korea’s Sohae Launch Facility

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez Summary While speculation that North Korea intends to launch a long-range space launch vehicle (SLV) on the 70th anniversary of the Korean Workers’ Party in October continues, it is still not possible to determine whether Pyongyang will conduct such a launch using [...]

North Korea’s Sohae Facility: No Sign of Launch Preparations; New Construction at Engine Test Stand

North Korea’s Sohae Facility: No Sign of Launch Preparations; New Construction at Engine Test Stand

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez Summary Despite speculation that Pyongyang intends to conduct its fourth long-range rocket launch on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea in October, with less than two months to go, recent commercial satellite imagery still shows no signs [...]

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