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Spring Has Sprung at Punggye-ri, but a Sixth Nuclear Test Likely Still on Stand-by

Spring Has Sprung at Punggye-ri, but a Sixth Nuclear Test Likely Still on Stand-by

A 38 North exclusive by Frank Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from May 18, 2017, shows a relatively low level of activity around the North Portal, where test preparations have been observed this year. However, at the Main Administrative Area, new equipment/material [...]

Going Under Cover: Enhanced Concealment Effort Noted at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Going Under Cover: Enhanced Concealment Effort Noted at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive by Frank Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from May 2 and 3 indicates a low level of activity continues around the North Portal, the tunnel where test preparations have been observed over the past few weeks. Additionally, what appears to be [...]

The Games People Play: Has the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site Transitioned to Stand-by Status?

The Games People Play: Has the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site Transitioned to Stand-by Status?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Jack Liu and Frank Pabian. After almost eight weeks of elevated activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, commercial satellite imagery from April 16 indicates little activity around the North Portal, the tunnel that North Korea appears to have been preparing for another nuclear [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Primed and Ready

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Primed and Ready

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from April 12 shows continued activity around the North Portal, new activity in the Main Administrative Area, and a few personnel around the site’s Command Center. At the North Portal, what [...]

Groundhog Day: Activity Continues at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Groundhog Day: Activity Continues at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Over the past four weeks, there have been unusually high levels of activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, especially around the North Portal—the tunnel in which the four most recent nuclear tests have taken place. New commercial satellite imagery from April 2 [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Test or No Test?

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Test or No Test?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. While commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from March 28 showed heightened activity, imagery from March 29 shows considerably less. At the North Portal, no vehicles or trailers are readily visible anymore, which suggests that whatever was [...]

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