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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 [...]

New Tunneling Activity at the North Korean Nuclear Test Site

New Tunneling Activity at the North Korean Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with contributions by Nick Hansen and Jack Liu. Recent satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site has revealed new tunneling work being done at the West Portal area, the site of the 2009 and possibly 2013 nuclear tests. This activity appears to have begun by late April 2013 and gathered momentum over [...]

Post-Test Analysis of Punggye-ri: What a Difference a Few Days Make

Post-Test Analysis of Punggye-ri: What a Difference a Few Days Make

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Nick Hansen. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility taken at intervals of one and three days after North Korea’s third nuclear detonation provides an interesting glimpse of the post-test activity. Press reports indicated that the test site had been evacuated on [...]

Update on the North Korean Nuclear Test Site

Update on the North Korean Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Nick Hansen.  Summary Satellite imagery beginning in January indicates that activity has spread to other areas at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test site beyond the southern tunnel entrance where North Korea’s third nuclear test was expected to take place. In addition to continuing activity at [...]

Update on Preparations for a Possible Third Nuclear Test at Punggye-ri: Is a Detonation Imminent?

Update on Preparations for a Possible Third Nuclear Test at Punggye-ri: Is a Detonation Imminent?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Summary North Korea’s public pronouncements in reaction to a United Nations Security Council Resolution tightening sanctions against Pyongyang have heightened speculation that a nuclear detonation at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility is imminent. Analysis of new satellite imagery from [...]

After Kim Jong Un Orders a Nuclear Test: Possible Key Installations and Equipment Identified at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility

After Kim Jong Un Orders a Nuclear Test: Possible Key Installations and Equipment Identified at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Summary Based on recent satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility, 38 North has identified installations that may play a critical role in the conduct of a North Korean nuclear detonation. One facility is a command and control bunker located approximately 150 meters from the [...]

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