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North Korea’s Punggye-ri Facility Appears Ready to Support New Nuclear Tests

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Facility Appears Ready to Support New Nuclear Tests

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates continued activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site that does not appear directed at further tunnel excavation but rather to maintain existing tunnels as well as to clean up after the January 2016 nuclear test. It is highly likely that [...]

The Challenge of Predicting Future North Korean Nuclear Tests

The Challenge of Predicting Future North Korean Nuclear Tests

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Summary The latest North Korean nuclear test at the Punggye-ri test site apparently surprised the international community as there were few indicators seen before it took place. Unlike the 2013 test, when heavy activity was seen in the weeks prior to that test, very little preparation activity [...]

North Korean Nuclear Test: Imagery Shows No Indicators

North Korean Nuclear Test: Imagery Shows No Indicators

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. The North Korean announcement yesterday that the “…first H-bomb test was successfully conducted in the DPRK at 10:00 on Wednesday, Juche 105 (2016)” has led to speculation about the capabilities of North Korea’s nuclear program, whether, in fact, it was a test of an H-bomb, [...]

High Resolution Satellite Imagery Shows Continued Tunnel Construction at Punggye-ri

High Resolution Satellite Imagery Shows Continued Tunnel Construction at Punggye-ri

A 38 North exclusive, with analysis by Jack Liu. Summary New high-resolution commercial satellite imagery shows continued excavation of the new nuclear test tunnel (identified earlier this month) at Punggye-ri. Additionally, imagery has identified new activity at the North Portal (formerly known as the West Portal) at a test tunnel under [...]

Update on North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Update on North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. New commercial satellite imagery indicates additional activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site probably related to preparations for a detonation. Imagery from April 23, 2014 shows: Increased movement of vehicles and materials near what are believed to be the entrances to two completed test [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Significant Acceleration in Excavation Activity; No Test Indicators

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Significant Acceleration in Excavation Activity; No Test Indicators

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates a significant acceleration in excavation activity at the West Portal area since last viewed in early December 2013. The size of the pile of spoil excavated from a new tunnel appears to have doubled in a period of a little over a month. Exactly [...]

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