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The Pukguksong-2: Lowering the Bar on Combat Readiness?

The Pukguksong-2: Lowering the Bar on Combat Readiness?

On Sunday, May 21, 2017, North Korea launched a two-stage, solid-fueled Pukguksong-2 (KN-15) ballistic missile. It was the second successful test firing of the medium-range ballistic missile, following the first in February. According to media reports, the missile traveled 500 km downrange and reached a peak altitude of 560 km, roughly replicating [...]

The Pukguksong-2 Approaches Initial Operational Capability

The Pukguksong-2 Approaches Initial Operational Capability

Following a successful flight-test this weekend, North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency  announced that the KN-15 (Pukguksong-2) medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) will now enter mass production and begin operational deployment. The missile probably isn’t truly operational at this stage, but is more likely entering a pre-operational [...]

Lake Yonphung: Launch Site for the Second Pukguksong-2 Missile Launch

Lake Yonphung: Launch Site for the Second Pukguksong-2 Missile Launch

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Frank Pabian and Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. On Sunday, May 21, 2017, North Korea conducted the second test launch of its “Pukguksong-2, solid-fuel missile,” a land-based version of the KN-11 Pukguksong-1 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). However, as was the case for the February test of the [...]

New Developments in North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Infrastructure—What Does it Mean for the Future?

New Developments in North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Infrastructure—What Does it Mean for the Future?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. The massive military parades in Pyongyang provide great opportunities to gain insight into North Korea’s ballistic missile aspirations, but they are often used to disseminate propaganda and dissemble about its real aspirations and program direction. Rather than parades, [...]

A Paradigm Shift in North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Development?

A Paradigm Shift in North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Development?

In Kim Jong Un’s 2017 New Year’s speech, he announced that North Korea is in the final stage of preparations to test launch an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM). Since then, North Korean media has repeatedly threatened that the launch will occur at a time and place of the North Korean leader’s choosing. On February 12, following [...]

Finding the Real Site for the Pukguksong-2 Launch

Finding the Real Site for the Pukguksong-2 Launch

On Sunday, February 12, 2017, North Korea conducted the first test launch of its “Pukguksong-2, solid-fuel missile,” a land-based version of the KN-11 Pukguksong-1 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), but not from the facility that almost all media sources have reported. The development of the Pukguksong-2 was not unexpected and the [...]

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