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North Korea Launches Another Large Rocket: Consequences and Options

North Korea Launches Another Large Rocket: Consequences and Options

On February 7, 2016, North Korea boosted a small satellite into space from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station using a three-stage, liquid-fueled Unha rocket. According to a CBS News report, the Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite is orbiting earth, but is tumbling and likely inoperative. The controversial launch violates numerous United Nations Security [...]

Satellites, Warheads and Rockets: Is North Korea’s Space Program Really about Missile Development?

Satellites, Warheads and Rockets: Is North Korea’s Space Program Really about Missile Development?

  This article was originally published on September 28, 2015 but reprinted on February 5, 2016. When the Soviet Union shocked the world and opened the Space Age on October 4, 1957, it was not a coincidence that its first satellite was launched into orbit on a modified R-7 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). For many observers, [...]

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 Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Slow Progress at the Experimental Light Water Reactor

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility: Slow Progress at the Experimental Light Water Reactor

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by William Mugford. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery of the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center has revealed new developments over the past six months, most recently in January 2016, suggesting that North Korea’s Experimental Light Water Reactor (ELWR) is edging closer to becoming [...]

Sanctions’ Role in Dealing with the North Korean Problem

Sanctions’ Role in Dealing with the North Korean Problem

For almost a decade, sanctions have been the principal coercive instrument available to the United States and the international community in trying to deal with North Korea’s nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missile programs. As bilateral and multilateral negotiating tracks with the DPRK have withered, sanctions that were initially [...]

High Resolution Satellite Imagery Shows Continued Tunnel Construction at Punggye-ri

High Resolution Satellite Imagery Shows Continued Tunnel Construction at Punggye-ri

A 38 North exclusive, with analysis by Jack Liu. Summary New high-resolution commercial satellite imagery shows continued excavation of the new nuclear test tunnel (identified earlier this month) at Punggye-ri. Additionally, imagery has identified new activity at the North Portal (formerly known as the West Portal) at a test tunnel under [...]

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