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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 [...]

One More Time With Feeling: Clarification on Analysis of the Next Nuclear Test

One More Time With Feeling: Clarification on Analysis of the Next Nuclear Test

38 North has already published a follow-up to the groundbreaking (no pun intended) analysis by Frank Pabian and David Coblentz on North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, which revealed its potential for additional testing with significantly higher yields. However, the South Korean press continues to print articles suggesting that the [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Analysis Reveals Its Potential for Additional Testing with Significantly Higher Yields

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Analysis Reveals Its Potential for Additional Testing with Significantly Higher Yields

Abstract Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site shows that substantial tunnel excavation is continuing at the “North” Portal (previously the “West” Portal), which provided support for the last four of the five declared underground nuclear tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The North [...]

Preparations for a Future Test Continue at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Preparations for a Future Test Continue at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Summary New commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from March 7  indicates activity at the North Portal, Main Administrative Area and Command Center. The sum of these activities supports an assessment that North Korea continues to prepare the tunnels at the [...]

Continued Activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Continued Activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Recent commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test facility shows continued low-level activity at many locations within the installation. In particular, the shifting of supplies and equipment as well as additional changes in the texture and [...]

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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