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Satellite Imagery of Pyongyang: What is Missing in this Analysis?

Satellite Imagery of Pyongyang: What is Missing in this Analysis?

CNN recently posted a video from the Canadian company Urthecast with the headline “Space photos show something’s missing in North Korea.” It was hard to tell if this was supposed to be a news story or an infomercial. As it turned out, this could have been filed under “fake news.” The pleasantly-toned audio attached to the piece [...]

Inspector O and the Politics Lesson (Part 2)

Inspector O and the Politics Lesson (Part 2)

“Church, you scoundrel!” The voice boomed across the bar. Each of the patrons had looked up and was staring at me, some annoyed, some bemused at the interruption to the normal solitary quiet of the place. I looked around. In a dark corner, standing and waving, was Inspector O. “My friend!” He beamed. As I walked up, he threw his [...]

North Korea: Pyongyang Prepares for One of the Largest Military Parades in its History

North Korea: Pyongyang Prepares for One of the Largest Military Parades in its History

This Saturday, October 10, is the 70th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK). While there has been speculation concerning a large military parade in Pyongyang, no details or reliable information concerning such a parade have been available until now. Commercial satellite imagery acquired on October 6 of the capital provides our first [...]

Is North Korea Gearing Up for Another Space Launch?

Is North Korea Gearing Up for Another Space Launch?

On May 8, KCNA carried a typically vituperative essay by North Korea’s national space authority stating that “No matter who dares grumble and no matter how all hostile forces challenge the launch, satellites of Juche Korea will soar into the space one after another at the time and place designated and decided by the supreme leadership of the [...]

Pyongyang’s Perpetual Power Problems

Pyongyang’s Perpetual Power Problems

While foreign observers and media have fixated on Kim Jong Un’s buildup of entertainment facilities such as water parks, fun fairs and a ski resort, the DPRK leadership has also devoted considerable resources to important infrastructure projects such as energy production, port improvement, highways, railways and airports. However, while it [...]

Let’s Be Friends

Let’s Be Friends

US Vice President Joseph Biden’s tour of Northeast Asia could not be timelier, as the region has turned into something of a hornet’s nest. China’s recent declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is just the latest twist to trends years in the making that are dangerous and disturbing: sparring between Tokyo and Beijing over [...]

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