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Update on North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site

Update on North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery from April 28 shows signs of continued low-level activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Based on available evidence, it is not possible to determine whether these activities are related to continued maintenance or reflect that [...]

North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site: Limited Activity Continues; Tunnel Excavation Resumes

North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site: Limited Activity Continues; Tunnel Excavation Resumes

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Summary New commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site from April 19 shows limited vehicle and equipment activity at the North Portal and Main Support Area as well as indications of resumed excavation operations at the West Portal. These activities by [...]

Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Limited Activity Continues

Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Limited Activity Continues

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. ROK President Park Geun-hye and the Ministry of National Defense have strongly suggested that North Korea will soon conduct a fifth nuclear test, based on what has been reported as a significant up-tic in activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the run-up to the Party [...]

A Fifth Nuclear Test at Punggye-ri?

A Fifth Nuclear Test at Punggye-ri?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. News reports suggest the possibility of an impending fifth nuclear or mobile ballistic missile test to celebrate the birthday of Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, on April 15. Recent commercial satellite imagery shows little evidence that Pyongyang is planning a nuclear test in the next [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Facility Appears Ready to Support New Nuclear Tests

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Facility Appears Ready to Support New Nuclear Tests

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates continued activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site that does not appear directed at further tunnel excavation but rather to maintain existing tunnels as well as to clean up after the January 2016 nuclear test. It is highly likely that [...]

Is North Korea Preparing for a Fifth Nuclear Test?

Is North Korea Preparing for a Fifth Nuclear Test?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Recent news reports citing South Korean intelligence sources state that North Korea is preparing for its fifth nuclear test. Such a reaction to pending United Nations and US sanctions is possible given the North’s past behavior. However, an examination of commercial satellite imagery from late [...]

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