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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 [...]

Debunking the Volcanic Panic

Debunking the Volcanic Panic

Recent reporting has raised the specter of a future North Korean nuclear test triggering a catastrophic volcanic eruption from the nearby volcano, Mt. Paektu (or Baekdu), which spans the North Korean/Chinese border northwest of the underground nuclear test site at Punggye-ri. This reporting is somewhat reminiscent of previous concerns linking the [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Activity Continues Throughout the Site

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Activity Continues Throughout the Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility from April 25 indicates an apparent resumption of activity (e.g., the pumping out of water) at the North Portal—the tunnel that North Korea seems to have been preparing for a nuclear test over the [...]

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 [...]

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