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New Developments at the Tonghae Rocket Test Site

New Developments at the Tonghae Rocket Test Site

A 38 North exclusive, with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary While the Sohae rocket test facility was the focus of international attention in 2012, construction of new facilities at the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground (commonly referred to as Musudan-ri), previously slowed by the typhoons that ravaged the east coast of North Korea last [...]

The Unha-3 Launch Day Part Deux: From the Ground and from the Sky

The Unha-3 Launch Day Part Deux: From the Ground and from the Sky

Introduction North Korea achieved its first success in launching a satellite into orbit on December 12, 2012. To date, North Korean media have carried photographs and video clips, both prior to and during the launch, of the General Satellite Control Center (GSCC) near Pyongyang as well as the Sohae launch site itself.  In addition, [...]

The “Satellite State’s” Ulterior Motive

The “Satellite State’s” Ulterior Motive

Pyongyang’s decision to launch its Unha-3 rocket and accompanying satellite during the countdown to a tightly poised South Korean presidential election seems odd, on the face of it. North Korea’s preference, it is widely assumed, is for a pro-engagement administration under Moon Jae-in, given his likely resumption of large-scale inter-Korean [...]

North Korea’s Nuclear Theater

North Korea’s Nuclear Theater

The most important rule in the world of theater is to keep the attention of your audience. If they become distracted or bored, if they start to fidget in their seats, the illusion of the spectacle is at risk. Once word gets out that you can’t deliver as a playwright or a director, the audiences dwindle. And fewer people are interested in your [...]

Chickens Defiantly Coming Home to Roost

Chickens Defiantly Coming Home to Roost

So far this week, the very, absolutely, most favorite word of headline writers and reporters is “defiance,” as in “North Korean Missile Launch Act of Defiance.” Yes, that’s one way to look at what happened a few hours past dawn on December 12, when the North made up for its “botched” (another favorite word recently) launch attempt [...]

About Yesterday

About Yesterday

“If our intelligence systems and all our other channels of information failed to produce an accurate image of Japanese intentions and capabilities, it was not for want of the relevant materials. Never before have we had so complete an intelligence picture of the enemy.” ~ Roberta Wohlstetter, Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision These words [...]

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