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North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: New Activity at the North Portal

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: New Activity at the North Portal

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez and Jack Liu. New commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from March 25 shows the continued presence of three to four vehicles or equipment trailers at the entrance to the North Portal. The texture of the ground from the portal entrance past the vehicles or [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Possible Vehicles Located at Tunnel Entrance

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Possible Vehicles Located at Tunnel Entrance

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site indicates the presence of possibly four or five vehicles or trailers at the entrance to the North Portal, the site of North Korea’s past four nuclear tests. If these vehicles are related to test [...]

Surface Disturbances at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Another Indicator of Nuclear Testing?

Surface Disturbances at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Another Indicator of Nuclear Testing?

Abstract A review of available very high-resolution commercial satellite imagery (bracketing the time of North Korea’s most recent underground nuclear test on September 9, 2016 at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site) has led to the detection and identification of several minor surface disturbances on the southern flank of Mt. Mantap. These [...]

Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indications that a Test is Imminent

Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indications that a Test is Imminent

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. and Jack Liu. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery from October 29 and November 9 shows continued low-level activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility. This activity suggests that maintenance and minor excavation operations are taking place at the North and West [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Activity Spotted at All Three Portals

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Activity Spotted at All Three Portals

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Recent commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from October 1 indicates continuing activity at all three tunnel complexes that could be used to conduct a nuclear test. Activity at the North Portal where the September 9 test occurred, may be for a number of purposes [...]

Post Test Activity at Punggye-ri

Post Test Activity at Punggye-ri

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. On September 9, 2016, North Korea conducted its fifth—and reportedly largest—nuclear test to date at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Current estimates place the epicenter of the 5.2 magnitude test at approximately 41°17'54.60''N, 129°4'40.80''E­—or roughly [...]

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