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Book Review: “Visual Politics and North Korea”

Book Review: “Visual Politics and North Korea”

Visual Politics and North Korea: Seeing is Believing By David Shim. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. 171 pp. David Shim’s new book represents a groundbreaking intervention—not in the study of the country named in the book’s title, Visual Politics and North Korea, but in the study of how we come to know a country known as unknowable. [...]

News Alert: North Korea Nears Completion of Larger Rocket Launch Pad

News Alert: North Korea Nears Completion of Larger Rocket Launch Pad

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is nearing completion of modifications to the gantry at the launch pad of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). A new eleventh level has been added—one more than previously estimated—allowing the facility to handle [...]

That Ain’t My Truck: Where North Korea Assembled Its Chinese Transporter-Erector-Launchers

That Ain’t My Truck: Where North Korea Assembled Its Chinese Transporter-Erector-Launchers

This article is co-authored by Jeffrey Lewis, Melissa Hanham and Amber Lee. On April 15, 2012, North Korea paraded what appeared to be six road-mobile missiles, quickly identified in the media as KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), through Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. Attention immediately focused on these unusual vehicles, [...]

Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility

Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea may be preparing the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-ri”) for a more robust rocket test program in the future involving larger space launch vehicles and road-mobile ballistic missiles able to attack targets [...]

Major Development: Reactor Fuel Fabrication Facilities Identified at Yongbyon Nuclear Complex

Major Development: Reactor Fuel Fabrication Facilities Identified at Yongbyon Nuclear Complex

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen Summary Commercial satellite imagery has identified facilities at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center that may produce fuel for North Korea’s recently restarted 5 MW plutonium production reactor and the Experimental Light Water Reactor (ELWR) still under construction. The [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indication of Nuclear Test Preparations

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indication of Nuclear Test Preparations

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu Summary While concerns that North Korea will launch provocations in the aftermath of Jang Song Thaek’s execution may be justified, recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that Pyongyang has no plan to conduct a nuclear test over at least the next few months. Through much of 2012, the site of [...]

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