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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 [...]

Never Say Never

Never Say Never

(Photo: KCNA) North Korea’s fourth nuclear test surprised a lot of people. That surprise unleashed, among other things, the notion that Kim Jong Un is erratic, an especially loose cannon with no advisers who might counsel restraint because they have all been kicked aside or died. If that were true, one might wonder about the North’s first [...]

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, [...]

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

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

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates new activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, the location of Pyongyang’s previous three nuclear detonations. While there has been speculation that the North intends to conduct a fourth nuclear test to [...]

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 Despite renewed speculation of a possible North Korean nuclear test, recent commercial satellite imagery from September 7, 2015 shows no sign of nuclear test preparations at the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site and little or no change at the facility since August. West Portal At the [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Spring Construction and Maintenance Activities Continue

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Spring Construction and Maintenance Activities Continue

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is conducting regular spring construction and maintenance activities at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site. There are no indications of nuclear test preparations at this time. Given the time and effort such preparations [...]

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