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North Korea’s Nuclear and Rocket Test Sites: Activity Continues but No Sign of Test Preparations

North Korea’s Nuclear and Rocket Test Sites: Activity Continues but No Sign of Test Preparations

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen and Jack Liu. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s nuclear and rocket test sites indicates that while activities continue, there is no evidence to suggest preparations for impending nuclear or long-range rocket tests. Excavation continues on a new tunnel in the [...]

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 [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indication of Nuclear Test Preparations

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indication of Nuclear Test Preparations

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu Summary While concerns that North Korea will launch provocations in the aftermath of Jang Song Thaek’s execution may be justified, recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that Pyongyang has no plan to conduct a nuclear test over at least the next few months. Through much of 2012, the site of [...]

North Korea’s Irrational Approach to Diplomacy—Is There Any Hope?

North Korea’s Irrational Approach to Diplomacy—Is There Any Hope?

This has been a dreadful year for North Korea and its relations with the outside world. Indeed, during his two years at the helm in North Korea, after the death of Kim Jong Il in December 2011, Kim Jong Un, has managed to plunge his country to the lowest point in its relations with the international community, including China. Tragically, North [...]

Two New Tunnel Entrances Spotted at North Korea’s Punggye Nuclear Test Site

Two New Tunnel Entrances Spotted at North Korea’s Punggye Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery has identified two new tunnel entrances and continued excavation at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Excavation in the West Portal area, where North Korea’s 2009 and 2013 nuclear tests were conducted, and the South Portal area may be intended to [...]

China’s North Korea Policy: Backtracking from Sunnylands?

China’s North Korea Policy: Backtracking from Sunnylands?

In recent months, China has affected a sterner disposition toward North Korea, reflecting growing frustration with its errant neighbor. But despite Chinese President Xi Jinping’s stronger rhetoric on denuclearization during his summit discussions with US President Barack Obama at Sunnylands, Beijing’s policy is still based upon the strategic [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.