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No Sign of Preparations for an Impending Nuclear Test at North Korea’s Punggye-ri

No Sign of Preparations for an Impending Nuclear Test at North Korea’s Punggye-ri

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu In the aftermath of the Third Committee of United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of a resolution condemning the human rights situation in North Korea including encouragement to the Security Council to consider and ICC referral, Pyongyang has responded with threats to conduct a fourth nuclear [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: All Quiet for the Moment

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: All Quiet for the Moment

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu Since speculation that North Korea was on the verge of conducting its fourth nuclear test in late April 2014, activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site has come to a standstill. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that there is virtually no activity at either area where North Korea might [...]

Chuztpah and Hype

Chuztpah and Hype

“I thought you had dropped off the planet.” Inspector O did not look up when I walked into the bar and sat down at the small table in a dark corner of the room. He’d been drinking something clear, and nibbling on peanuts. “Funny,” I said, “I was thinking the same thing. Been busy, have you?” “Here and there, now and then.” He [...]

Why a Nuclear Test May Not Be Imminent: Update on North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Why a Nuclear Test May Not Be Imminent: Update on North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen and Jack Liu For the past month, the international community has been on edge expecting a fourth North Korean nuclear test, which the South Korean Foreign Minister recently characterized as a “game changer.” The high level of anxiety has been the result of a stream of warnings emanating [...]

Update on Punggye-ri: Stepped Up Activity at West Portal, Drawdown at the South Portal

Update on Punggye-ri: Stepped Up Activity at West Portal, Drawdown at the South Portal

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen and Jack Liu. New commercial satellite imagery from May 1, 2014 indicates a significant increase in activity in the West Portal area of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site related to the excavation of a new test tunnel begun one year ago. At the same time, there appears to be a drawdown [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: April 29 Update

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: April 29 Update

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu New commercial satellite imagery from April 29, 2014 shows that a high level of activity continues at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, probably related to preparations for an underground nuclear test. The imagery indicates: Continued movement and an increase in number of boxes or [...]

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