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Spring Has Sprung at Punggye-ri, but a Sixth Nuclear Test Likely Still on Stand-by

Spring Has Sprung at Punggye-ri, but a Sixth Nuclear Test Likely Still on Stand-by

A 38 North exclusive by Frank Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from May 18, 2017, shows a relatively low level of activity around the North Portal, where test preparations have been observed this year. However, at the Main Administrative Area, new equipment/material [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Activity Continues Throughout the Site

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Activity Continues Throughout the Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility from April 25 indicates an apparent resumption of activity (e.g., the pumping out of water) at the North Portal—the tunnel that North Korea seems to have been preparing for a nuclear test over the [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Back to Work We Go

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Back to Work We Go

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from April 19 indicates probable trailers near the North Portal, the tunnel that North Korea appears to have been preparing for a nuclear test. While no recent dumping is observed, there are at least five [...]

The Games People Play: Has the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site Transitioned to Stand-by Status?

The Games People Play: Has the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site Transitioned to Stand-by Status?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Jack Liu and Frank Pabian. After almost eight weeks of elevated activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, commercial satellite imagery from April 16 indicates little activity around the North Portal, the tunnel that North Korea appears to have been preparing for another nuclear [...]

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 [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Waiting for Godot?

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Waiting for Godot?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. New commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site collected on March 30 shows little change from the previous day. The facility, particularly the North Portal, appears able to support a new nuclear test at any time of the North’s choosing. However, [...]

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